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sharp practice

Underhanded, deceitful, cunning, or particularly sneaky practice, especially in business, that is technically within the scope of the law but which may be considered immoral or unethical. The investment banking sector has been tightly reined in by the government after the sharp practice that went unchecked for so many years and cost so many people their life savings.
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sharp practice

Crafty or deceitful dealings, especially in business. For example, That firm's known for its sharp practice, so I'd rather not deal with them. This expression, first recorded in 1836, uses sharp in the combined sense of "mentally acute" and "cutting."
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sharp ˈpractice

clever but dishonest methods of business, etc: There’s a lot of sharp practice in the second-hand car business.
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The young actors who appear in Sharp Practice did a lot of research into slavery before starting to rehearse.
I would go so far as to say that her safe passage home is being jeopardised by this sharp practice, not to mention her being literally taken for a ride
Take, for example, a certain well-known law firm which used some distinctly sharp practice to subliminally advertise its services during the Labour Party Spring Conference last month.
lReg Akehurst announces he is to sue the satirical magazine Private Eye over allegations of sharp practice by him.
The club cannot continue to lose money to sharp practice.
We condemn unreservedly Google for what is, at best, sharp practice and it joins a roll of shame alongside Amazon, Facebook and all the household names robbing homes by making derisory contributions.
To say the least, it smacks of sharp practice and extreme gamesmanship.
None of the whispers - which have at various times involved matters such as illegal traction control and sharp practice in tyre use - have been translated into concrete action.
Credit card companies have been accused by a Midland MP of irresponsible lending, misinformation and sharp practice.
Barry Berlin, prosecuting, said that in relation to the charges admitted by Bore, who also accepts 27 other offences to be taken into consideration: 'There is now a basis of plea which is acceptable -that it was sharp practice and an acceptance that a substantial proportion of his stock was counterfeit.
It will be under the control of the Housing Corporation and as such there will be no worries of sharp practice as the Housing Corporation will keep a strict eye on the actions of the Housing Association.
The same goes for Spain, where redoneo, rounding up, has entered the national vocabulary as a synonym for sharp practice.
I would also tell the firm that you will be reporting them to Trading Standards, as this sounds like very sharp practice.
We feel it is sharp practice and a way of confusing the public.
He added: "To me it is State-sponsored sharp practice at a minimum and at a maximum it is an attempt by the establishment of engaging in slave labour with the purpose of carrying out a very important role in the education system.