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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sly-Boots.
 
One who appears to be a dolt, but who is really wide awake; a cunning dolt.   1
        “The frog called the lazy one several times, but in vain; there was no such thing as stirring him, though the sly-boots heard well enough all the while.”—Adventures of Abdalla, p. 32 (1729).
 


 Sly (Christopher).Sly Dog. 

 
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