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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."
See also: practice, sharp
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Well, my dear sir, Taboureau the laborer, an obliging, hard-working, good-natured fellow, used to lend a helping hand to any one who asked him; but as his gains have increased MONSIEUR Taboureau has become litigious, arrogant, and somewhat given to sharp practice.
Yet there was a remarkable gentleness and childishness about these people, a special inaptitude for any kind of sharp practice, and an untiring readiness to help and pity one another, deserving often of as much respect, and always of as much generous construction, as the every- day virtues of any class of people in the world.
He could not say exactly that it was sharp practice on Owen's part to accept his invitation to call, and, having called, to continue calling long enough to make the present deplorable situation possible; but he felt that it would have been in better taste for the young man to have effaced himself and behaved more like a bank-clerk and less like an heir.
It won't do if I have done what looks a little like sharp practice, and then only raised a revolution.
That party certainly did from that time apply himself to cutting in against me in a way that I will call sharp practice, and did make it, at every turn and point, extremely difficult for me to be sure that I hadn't inadvertently led up to something contrary to Miss Summerson's wishes.
Uncle Mitral, a former sheriff's officer, crafty, clever at sharp practice, and full of expedients and judicial precautions, believed the honor of his family to be involved in the appointment of his nephew.
Many of our members, across a number of industries, tell us they are suffering from these sharp practices, but a culture of fear is keeping them from going public.
At one point she politely chooses to ignore the suggestion that one of them might have been involved in sharp practices.
He further alleged that 'the sharp practices and deals in NNPC crude allocations to local refineries which are not utilised but sold fraudulently at knock down prices to Geneva based companies through letter box companies by SWAP arrangement.
COVENTRY City Council is set to call on the government to curb the sharp practices of payday loan companies profiting from victims of the economic downturn.
Citizens Advice chief Gillian Guy said: "It's time these dealers parked their sharp practices.
Maybe, it's time to have some form of similar regulation here to stop sharp practices and self-interest.
MPs have called on the insurance industry to abandon sharp practices in the management of car accident claims to curb the runaway cost of motor insurance premiums.
MPs also called on the insurance industry to abandon sharp practices in the management of car accident claims.
MPs also called on the is nsurance industry to abandon sharp practices in the management of car accident claims.