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wily

adjective uk   /ˈwaɪ.li/ us  
(of a person) clever, having a very good understanding of situations, possibilities, and people, and often willing to use tricks to achieve an aim: a wily politician
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Translations of “wily”
in Spanish astuto…
in French rusé…
in German gerissen…
in Chinese (Traditional) (人)狡猾的,詭計多端的…
in Russian хитрый…
in Turkish kurnaz, cin fikirli, şeytan…
in Chinese (Simplified) (人)狡猾的,诡计多端的…
in Polish sprytny, przebiegły…
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