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skullduggery (noun) [humorous] dishonest behavior or illegal activity.
When a person indulges in skullduggery they are dishonest and do illegal things. They use trickery.
- The lawyer forging the signature of his witness is an example of skullduggery. The lawyer was dealing dishonestly with his client and was doing something very illegal.
- We come across plenty of examples of skullduggery in the lives and activities of politicians. Most politicians behave in a dishonest manner and carry on illegal activities.