seamy side

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."
See also: seamy, side
References in classic literature ?
Baudoyer, Isidore The Middle Classes Cousin Pons Bianchon, Horace Father Goriot The Atheist's Mass Cesar Birotteau The Commission in Lunacy Lost Illusions A Distinguished Provincial at Paris A Bachelor's Establishment The Secrets of a Princess Pierrette A Study of Woman Scenes from a Courtesan's Life Honorine The Seamy Side of History The Magic Skin A Second Home A Prince of Bohemia Letters of Two Brides The Muse of the Department The Imaginary Mistress The Middle Classes Cousin Betty The Country Parson In addition, M.
He is full of quickness and penetration, piercing easily below the clumsy platitudes of Thrasymachus to the real difficulty; he turns out to the light the seamy side of human life, and yet does not lose faith in the just and true.
I have seen a good deal of the seamy side this last week.
All the seamy side of things, all the secret reasons and rotten motives and bribery arid blackmail they call politics.
She knew of life's seamy side as a theory; she could not grasp it as a fact.
Instead of that he's got a first-rate practice on the seamy side, and every blackguard with half a case takes it straight to Bennett Addenbrooke.
Illich touched the same issue in a controversial article in America magazine in 1967, "The Seamy Side of Charity" But Illich argued that the best solution was for missionaries, particularly priests, to simply leave Latin America, since their well-intentioned "charity" only continued ecclesial dependencies on the United States.
The seamy side of China's post-crisis stimulus package was ventilated in the trial of Liu Zhijun, who oversaw the development of China's showcase high-speed rail network -- a position that garnered him 374 properties, 16 cars, and 18 mistresses.
Dominic Maxwell in the Times of London found this guide to the seamy side of early-60s Britain "so thick with events .
With this remarkably important film, Ed Brown captures the seamy side of the chemical revolution and forces us to confront the need to make the future safer than the past," said Dr.
1) To make a long story short, during the early 1960s Illich first used his position as the director of a training center for missionaries to persuade would-be missionaries to go back to the United States; in 1967 he wrote a denunciation of American missionary activity called "The Seamy Side of Charity," which spread his ideas to almost every Catholic missionary in Latin America and also to the wider Catholic public in the United States.
When Western journalists write stories about demonstrations, the public gets the seamy side.
Racing has always had a seamy side, but in the early Victorian era the sport's reputation reached its nadir with the plot to win the Derby with a four-year-old.
Around 60 paintings are on show, many of which focus on the drab and seamy side of Edwardian life, including works by Harold Gilman (1876-1919) and Spencer Gore (18781914).
Published by Southern Africa Resources Watch and the Labour Resource and Research Institute, it lifts the lid on the more seamy side of those South Africa's miners (or a good many of them) who venture north across the Limpopo River in search of mineral treasures in whatever form they can find and unearth them.