about the bush, around the bush, avert, avoid, back and fill, bear off, beat about, beat around, beg the question, bicker, blench, blink, boggle, burke, bypass, cavil, choplogic, circumvent, cringe, dodge, draw aside, draw back, duck, ease off, edge, edge off, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fade, fall back, fence, flinch, fly off, gee, glance, glance off, go crabwise, go off, go sideways, hang back, haw, head off, hedge, hem and haw, hum and haw, jib, lateral, lateralize, make leeway, make way for, mince the truth, mince words, move aside, mystify, nitpick, obscure, palter, parry, pick nits, prevaricate, pull away, pull back, pussyfoot, put off, quail, quibble, recoil, reel back, retreat, sheer off, shift, shift off, shirk, shove aside, shrink, shrink back, shuffle, shun, shunt, shy, shy away, shy off, side, sideslip, sidetrack, sidle, skew, skid, skirt, split hairs, start aside, start back, steer clear of, step aside, swerve, switch, tergiversate, turn aside, turn away, turn back, veer, veer off, waffle, ward off, weasel, weasel out, wince
cunning, craft, cunningness, craftiness, subtlety, artificiality, maneuvering, temporization, circumvention, chicane, chicanery, sharp practice, knavery, jugglery, concealment, guile, doubling, duplicity, foul play, diplomacy, politics, Machiavelism, jobbery, backstairs influence, art, artifice, device, machination, plot, maneuver, stratagem, dodge, sidestep
, artful dodge, wile, trick, trickery, ruse, ruse de guerre, finesse, side blow, thin end of the wedge, shift, go by, subterfuge, evasion, white lie, juggle, tour de force, tricks of the trade, tricks upon travelers, espieglerie, net, trap, Ulysses, Machiavel, sly boots, fox, reynard, Scotchman, Jew, Yankee, intriguer, intrigant, floater, Indian giver, keener, repeater, cunning, crafty, artful, skillful, subtle, feline, vulpine, cunning as a fox, cunning as a serpent, deep, deep laid, profound, designing, contriving, intriguing, strategic, diplomatic, politic, Machiavelian, timeserving, artificial, tricky, tricksy, wily, sly, slim, insidious, stealthy, underhand, subdolous, deceitful, slippery as an eel, evasive, crooked, arch, pawky, shrewd, acute, sharp, sharp as a tack, sharp as a needle, canny, astute, leery, knowing, up to snuff, too clever by half, not to be caught with chaff, tactful, diplomatic, politic, polite, cunningly, slyly, slily, on the sly, by a side wind, diamond cut diamond, a' bis ou a blanc, fin contre fin, something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
be cunning, have cut one's eyeteeth, contrive, live by one's wits, maneuver, intrigue, gerrymander, finesse, double, temporize, stoop to conquer, reculer pour mieux sauter, circumvent, steal a march upon, overreach, throw off one's guard, surprise, snatch a verdict, waylay, undermine, introduce the thin end of the wedge, play a deep game, play tricks with, ambiguas in vulgum spargere voces, flatter, make things pleasant, have an ax to grind, dodge, sidestep
, bob and weave.