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An unpleasant, detestable, repellent person, especially one who makes lecherous advances or lewd remarks. My last manager was a total sleazeball, always implying that he and I should hook up sometime. There's some sleazeball at the bar eyeing us up.
An unpleasant, detestable, repellent person, place, or thing. My last manager was a total sleaze-bucket, always implying that he and I should hook up sometime. The only place in this town you could call a restaurant is a little sleaze-bucket down by the interstate.
An aspect, element, or part of a group, organization, campaign, activity, etc., that engages in, is tainted by, or is known for immoral, corrupt, or scandalous behavior. We're aiming to create a dating website for professional adults, without the sleaze factor for which some of our competitors are known. The deregulation of this industry has caused the sleaze factor to skyrocket, as people motivated purely by greed now have myriad ways to manipulate the system.
The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to them-there's too much of a sleaze factor . This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means "vulgar" or "tawdry." The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.
sleazeand sleez (sliz)
1. n. a low and despicable person. You’d expect to find a sleaze like that in a sleazoid joint like this.
2. n. any junk. I won’t sell sleez like that! I won’t even have it in my store.
3. in. to act low; to be sexually promiscuous. She looks like the type who will sleaze and lie to get her own way.
n. a repellent person. Who is that sleazeball with the earring?
n. a repellent person, thing, or place. Gad, what a sleaze-bucket! Let me out of here!