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furtive

adjective     /ˈfɜː.tɪv/ US  /ˈfɝː.t̬ɪv/
(of people) behaving secretly and often dishonestly, or (of actions) done secretly and often dishonestly: I saw him cast a furtive glance at the woman at the table to his right. He made one or two furtive phone calls. There was something furtive about his behaviour and I immediately felt suspicious.Secrecy and privacy furtively     /-li/ adverb As she turned away I saw him sniff furtively under his arm.Secrecy and privacy furtiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Secrecy and privacy
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