be sly

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And then, her temper's pretty quick, I guess; but there's one comfort, a child that has a quick temper, just blaze up and cool down, ain't never likely to be sly or deceitful.
It always reminds me of one of my old headmasters, called Bill Pearce who would often appear Gibbs-style behind an offending pupil, cuff him about the head and say in rasping tones: "Don't be sly, boy.
Wouldn't it be refreshing, not to say fun, if the good Lord were to rise for his seat on Thursday, cuff Mr Hunt about the head, and say, 'Don't be sly, boy'?