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What is the difference between slippery and shifty and fishy ?Feel free to just provide example sentences.

Hi community,

These are the sample sentences I used:

He's a *slippery* guy. I've never felt comfortable with him.
Politicians may be *shifty* and our mayor isn't in a different league.
I'm convinced there's something *fishy* going on!

Though all of them mean "not reliable/trustworthy", but what are the differences in the shades of meaning of these words? How interchangeable are they (maybe only *part* of them is)?


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