Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
February 26, 2024

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712Higgins (1923) SLYSLYSLY: Both prone hands pointing outward and right slipped quickly under left; or, right prone index along side of prone left hand, and the right index slipped in sidewise under the left. (Slip away) (Under hand) (On the sly).125hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=712&refid=higgins1923
597Long (1918) FOX~SAMESLYSLY: Same as for "shrewd." Or, (2) Make sign for "fox," i.e., grasp end of nose with the "F" hand and wave the other fingers of the hand; then follow with sign for "same" in sense of "like," i.e., bring the "G" hands together with the forefingers extended parallel. Or, (3) A slang sign often used to make the sign for "ghost" in a peculiar manner and very quickly, as follows: Make the shape of "U" with the thumbs and forefingers, extending the other fingers; place the right hand above the other, fingers pointing toward self; with a quick motion draw the right hand upward and the left hand down, and while doing so close the ends of the forefingers and thumbs. This sign is used to indicate that something is done "on the sly."70hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=597&refid=long1918
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