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a hurtadillas

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a hurtadillas
adv. stealthily, on the sly

A Spanish-English Dictionary (Granada University, Spain), 14.4

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a hurtadillas
= surreptitiously ; by stealth ; stealthily ; furtively ; on the sly ; secretly ; by the back door ; through the back door.
Ex: List prices were not in practice always maintained, for many booksellers would surreptitiously give a discount rather than lose a sale. Ex: He is a systematic 'sweater' who sucks wealth from toiling crowds by cunning and by stealth. Ex: It is contended that adoption policies have encouraged nondisclosure of information by gay men & lesbians, & surrogacy arrangements are often handled stealthily. Ex: Seditious books continued to appear, nevertheless, both from secret presses in England moving furtively from hideout to hideout. Ex: True, you may not see many boys and girls openly holding hands or kissing but many affairs are conducted on the sly. Ex: Have you ever been jealous of a girl's dance moves you've seen in a club and secretly wished you could dance just like her?. Ex: Schools are expelling thousands of children 'by the back door' to ensure they do not appear in official statistics, it has been disclosed. Ex: Government bows to pressure from business to allow bribery through the back door.


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