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shady past

A dubious, suspicious, or potentially immoral or illegal past history. Investigators have begun looking into the shady past of the bankrupt company's CEO. I don't know, John, I wouldn't go out with a guy who has a shady past like that.
See also: past, shady

on the shady side of

slang Older than; more than. I'm much more concerned about my health now that I'm on the shady side of 60. You're on the shady side of 20, which means you need to start acting more responsibly.
See also: of, on, shady, side

shady character

 and a suspicious character
Fig. an untrustworthy person; a person who makes people suspicious. There is a suspicious character lurking about in the hallway. Please call the police.
See also: character, shady

shady deal

Fig. a questionable and possibly dishonest deal or transaction. The lawyer got caught making a shady deal with a convicted felon.
See also: deal, shady
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As Harwood, the owner of the infamous Blue Dahlia nightclub, Matt McKenzie is all slick and shadiness, while the Dahlia's torch singer, played by Maura M.
There was much shadiness in his management of those accounts.
In the same way that the postmodern storyteller possesses a kind of gypsy shadiness, so too do Faulkner's storytellers stand out in stark relief from the worlds around them--worlds that they are trying to articulate and narrate.
But the monstrous growth of betting on ALL sports means the need for strict regulation and monitoring of an industry that has gloried in its shadiness has never been greater.
Legal" referred not to the relative shadiness of the operations, but to the savings stamps issued with each purchase.
Lawlessness, permissiveness, crime, Ryn points out, are everywhere prominent: "Old-fashioned honesty and integrity yield to shadiness and opportunism.