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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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The Seamy Side of Charity" brought Ivan Illich to the attention of many missionaries and church leaders and remains one of his main claims to fame, but few remember today that the article represented a final, public stage in a campaign that Illich had been waging, mostly in private, since 1961.
Rock is among about 100 witnesses, including actors Sylvester Stallone, Farrah Fawcett and Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, called to testify for the prosecution in a trial that has exposed the seamy side of the movie industry.
It's a story of fame, greed and desire and brings the seamy world of 1950s Hollywood to vivid life.
Here, he evokes a seamy vision of the capital, far removed from the picture postcard images of the Thames and London Eye - a rat-run of grey concrete and eerie alleyways where bodies can be thrown into the river and dragged under by the strong currents.
Here, he evokes a seamy vision of the capital, far removed from the picture postcard images of the Thames and London Eye; a ratrun of grey concrete and eerie alleyways where bodies can be thrown into the river and dragged under by the strong currents.
On the other, it fairly frequently devolves into pulpy crime potboilers featuring guns a-blazing, a less seamy variation on "The Shield.
Manipulated into an investigation concerning Thornton Hunnycut, the man who unjustly sent Sam to prison twelve years ago and who has become a potential candidate for the vice presidency, Sam must delve into Louisiana's seamy underbelly, even though he is forbidden by his release agreement to return to the state.
With time ebbing away and his life with it, Chev heads out into the seamy underbelly of the city with just one burning desire: revenge.
This one takes the shape of a labyrinthine legal thriller, set in seamy Natchez, Mississippi, a hometown shared by the author and his tortured protagonist.
Larson had turned New York's supposedly seamy side into a celebration of life and love, and Rent turned New York on its head, packing successively bigger theaters en route to Broadway, a fistful of Tony Awards, and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Jakeman writes of the events through the development of her characters, and the lives of her characters combine in a way that gives the reader a feel for the rich and the seamy sides of London.
If bent images built up to fool the public are enough to allow the floodgates to open, why should this not be true for the Prince of Wales's seamy side just as it is for David Beckham's?
Such a revelation could help explain how a complete nobody with zero press experience and a seamy past (and present) got to play reporter in the world's most exclusive journalistic club.
In Girls, Show World Center, Times Square, NYC, 2000, the seamy glow of strip-joint neon is reflected in the small mirrored tiles that form a concentric-square motif on the club's dropped ceiling.
The whole atmosphere felt seamy, shame-filled, and unsafe.