slyboots

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slyboots (plural slyboots)

  1. (chiefly UK) A person who is clever or shrewd, especially one who is stealthy, manipulative, and rather charming.
    • 1857, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians, ch. 83:
      "Oh, you slyboots!" says the Countess. "Guess you come after the old lady's money!"
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, episode 15:
      You're such a slyboots, old cocky. I could kiss you.
    • 2004, Umberto Eco, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, trans. Geoffrey Brock, Harvest/Harcourt (New York), p. 54:
      This slyboots took me for a ton of money, made me do whatever she wanted.

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