[ US /ˈwaɪɫi/ ]
[ UK /wˈa‍ɪli/ ]
  1. marked by skill in deception
    deep political machinations
    sly as a fox
    tricky Dick
    deep political machinations
    a slick evasive answer
    a wily old attorney
    a foxy scheme
    cunning men often pass for wise
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How To Use wily In A Sentence

  • Combined with the snowily austere imagery of the scene, the effect is chilling.
  • A wily fox will outrun a pack of hounds, but never a bullet.
  • Politics is wily, skilled and intelligent, not clumsy and ham-handed.
  • Foxes are supposed to be wily creatures.
  • He has been a wily politician and he knows that the land issue is an over-simplification.
  • Large schools of old wives, bullseyes and big trevally, too wily for the fishermen, took refuge here.
  • But the southpaw was able to avert further trouble as he got both Sean Casey and Wily Mo Pena to foul out. USATODAY.com
  • But he's a wily old shark. The Sun
  • The skill of stitchery is developed as the kids sew the likes of the ‘Wily Wire Walker’ and the ‘Amazing Aerialist.’
  • As it turns out, uneducated village communists are no match for wily bourgeois sneakiness.
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