leg|er|de|main

leg|er|de|main
leg|er|de|main «LEHJ uhr duh MAYN», noun.
1. sleight of hand; conjuring tricks; jugglery: »

A common trick of legerdemain is to take rabbits from an apparently empty hat.

SYNONYM(S): prestidigitation.
2. Figurative. trickery; deception; hocus-pocus: »

In a remarkable bit of legerdemain, he transferred his popular film personality to his singing style (Time).

3. Obsolete. artful trick; juggle.
[< Middle French léger de main quick of hand < Vulgar Latin leviārius (< Latin levis light), Latin of, and mānus hand]

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