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  • Actually, with that kind of duplicity and moral bankruptcy going on, they might as well preach because come next election their sleveen politicians and failed party will be wiped from the face of Irish politics like the sore boil they are.

    Politics.ie

  • These are more or less the same people who, for their own sleveen ends, destroyed the country.

    David McWilliams

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  • from the Hiberno-English archive:

    a sly person; a trickster; a toady; a smooth-tongued rogue < Ir. slíbhín. 'Look at that sleveen creeping around the priest -- I wonder what he's after now?', 'Keep away from that slíbhín!', 'He's a slíbhín -- watch him, I'm telling you'.

    August 17, 2007