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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.
See also: practice, sharp

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."
See also: practice, sharp
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Sharp Practice tells how Durham-born Granville Sharp campaigned against the injustice of slavery in the 1700s.
Sharp Practice, a new play opening tonight at the Durham Sixth Form Centre, tells this remarkable and largely unknown tale of the North East's role in the abolition of slavery.
The Racecourse Association should move to protect us customers by making on-course bookmakers abide by a code of conduct that would outlaw this not-isolated sharp practice.
The club cannot continue to lose money to sharp practice.
The misuse of legal instruments, such as 'special purpose vehicles', to insulate parent companies from potential losses and legal problems as a result of the failure of subsidiaries is sharp practice.
But when even Henry starts buying into such sharp practice by going down and clutching his face as it he had been struck by Carlos Puyol, you have to consider that the game has become stained.
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
The most entertaining of the films made from John Grisham's novels wastes no time in bad-mouthing sharp practice.
So the new cross-council employment computer database, it is claimed, will shed light on these areas and expose those, if any, who indulge in such sharp practice at the taxpayers' expense.
To say the least, it smacks of sharp practice and extreme gamesmanship.
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.
It's a story which illustrates that even amid the backbiting and backstabbing, the sleaze and sharp practice casting their ugly shadows over today's Commons, there is a bond of human decency and camaradarie among some MPs far above petty party politics.
Reg Akehurst announces he is to sue the satirical magazine Private Eye over allegations of sharp practice by him.
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.