seamy

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the seamy/seamier side (of something)

The aspects of something that are unpleasant, immoral, corrupt, or degrading. It was in the private donors' club after the fundraising dinner that we saw its seamier side, as the billionaires and corporate tycoons who claim to do so much good for the world engaged in all manner of illicit activity. The film is set in the seamy side of Hollywood in the early 1950s.
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seamy side of life

Kend> Fig. the most unpleasant or roughest aspect of life. (A reference to the inside of a garment where the seams show.) Doctors in that area really see the seamy side of life. Mary saw the seamy side of life when she worked as a volunteer in the homeless shelter.
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seamy side

The sordid or base aspect of something, as in This nightclub certainly shows you the seamy side of the community. This term refers to the wrong side of a garment, revealing the stitched seams. Shakespeare used it figuratively in Othello (4:2): "That turn'd your wit the seamy side without."
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the ˈseamy side (of life, etc.)

the unpleasant, dishonest or immoral aspects (of life, etc.): It’s well known that the world of entertainment has its seamy side: drug abuse, corruption, alcoholism...
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Though the underworld connections have faded into the background, the gaming industry fights a constant public relations battle against the seaminess that lingers in casinos.
A person who is innocent about a great many matters will find it more difficult to credit seaminess in some part of life than would someone who already views much of life as seamy.
Making the fund-raising even more difficult is downtown Honolulu's modern-day reputation as one wrought with nighttime seaminess.
Sickler and others who share his position are angry at the newspaper that exposed the seaminess in the basketball program, and most newspapers are buckling under.
Such a score could help guide jaded audiences to an Ayckbourn who depicts the seaminess of modern life rather than windily expatiating about it - or better yet, to a Shaw who clothes his indignation about capitalism in complexity by making its representatives charming and likeable, though the consequences of their actions are horrifying.
Engenides' proposition conspire to equate sexuality with seaminess and to present it as a mindless and emotionless, automatic and animal impulse.
and enjoy the seasonal festival of physical carnage, institutional derangement and moral seaminess.
The show's seaminess inspired a columnist in the Islamic newspaper Al-Shaab - writing under the name ``Mr.
seaminess of that place attaches itself to the Clintons