underhanded, nocturnal dealings


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5LB. Book of GRE(Graduate Record Examination) practice problems(Manhattan)

The mere fact that the queen of France could be so easily mistaken by a nobleman for a common street prostitute—one who engages in underhanded, nocturnal dealings to obtain absurdly expensive jewelry— was incredibly damaging to her already blackened reputation.Could someone please write to me what do the bold part means?

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  • Biffo

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    English - England
    A prostitute typically works at night. She does deals with her client - exchanging sex for money. The activity is done secretly.

    nocturnal /nɒkˈtɜːnəl/ adj
    • of, used during, occurring in, or relating to the night

    dealings /ˈdiːlɪŋz/ pl n
    • (sometimes singular) transactions or business relations

    underhand /ˈʌndəˌhænd/ adj
    Also: underhanded
    • clandestine, deceptive, or secretive
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