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deviousadjective

 us   /ˈdi·vi·əs/
using indirect ways to get what you want, esp. without showing your real purpose: devious methods
Devious also means indirect: They went by a devious route.
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"devious" in British English

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deviousadjective

uk   /ˈdiː.vi.əs/  us   /ˈdiː.vi.əs/
deviously
adverb uk   /ˈdiː.vi.əs.li/  us   /ˈdiː.vi.əs.li/
deviousness
noun [U] uk   /ˈdiː.vi.əs.nəs/  us   /ˈdiː.vi.əs.nəs/
(Definition of devious from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"devious" in Business English

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deviousadjective

uk   us   /ˈdiːviəs/ disapproving
using indirect ways to get what you want, especially without showing your real purpose: Officials called the company 'devious and underhand'.
deviously
adverb
Management seems to have acted deviously and without regard for the interests of policyholders.
(Definition of devious from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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