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I have watched them cover their tracks with a cunning more than vulpine.

Tranter, cunning and wary from years of fighting, knew that his chance had come.

The thing was outrageous to him, and he set himself to match her cunning.

But she is cunning in love's ways and dulls Shakespeare's resentment with "I don't hate you."

His next move proved that his cunning was of an exceptional order.

Their thieves are the most daring and their agents the most cunning.

All the treaties he makes are forced from him by violence or cunning.

The cunning Medea observed what was passing in the young man's mind.

"Oh, do not be afraid for me," replied the priest with a cunning little smile.

Magua had now attained one great object of all his cunning and enterprise.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "learned, skillful," present participle of cunnen "to know" (see can (v.1)). Sense of "skillfully deceitful" is probably late 14c. As a noun from c.1300. Related: Cunningly.

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