sleaze factor

sleaze factor

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.
See also: factor, sleaze

sleaze factor

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.
See also: factor, sleaze
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As for the sleaze factor, even that feels a trifle tepid under the circumstances.
Also starring Cheryl Hines (of TV's Curb Your Enthusiasm), The Ugly Truth contains not one surprise as it heads towards its predictable finale, while some choice language and a 'gag' revolving around vibrating underwear needlessly up the sleaze factor.
She describes Poison Sweet Madeira as having a deep Russian influence, a North African vibe, a drunken underground Romanian late-night bar feel with a Tom Waits sleaze factor creeping in.
Of course, we know all about the sleaze factor, but what about their sporting interests?
THE sleaze factor in Irish politics has somehow hit the popularity of this Government.
But the real windfall was that Clinton's political sleaze factor - bargaining for Chinese campaign cash, the rate card on the Lincoln Bedroom, a Cabinet that qualifies for a volume discount from defense attorneys, the litany of scandal stretching from Arkansas futures to stolen FBI files - had been blasted off the public's radar screen.
In-your-face, happy-clappy, alcopops, Tamagotchi, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, genetically-modified food, sleaze factor, spin doctor, care in the community, Britpop, air-kissing and touchy-feely: the slickness, the superficially, the selndulgenc e and the mistakes of the 1990s are suggested by so many of these new inclusions.
The sleaze factor goes into overdrive when it turns out the woman is the wife of the President's biggest financial backer.
Secondly, there was the continuing and growing sleaze factor.
Speaking of Amy Fisher, Lesser's chapter on The Sleaze Factor stands out.
Continuing TV's current fascination with religious extremes, "Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs" provides ample cover for a Lifetime movie with a higher-than-usual sleaze factor, focusing as it does on the fundamentalist Mormon leader ultimately convicted for his sexual abuse of underage girls.
There's a deep Russian influence, a North African vibe, a drunken underground Romanian late-night bar feel and a Tom Waits sleaze factor creeping in," she said.
The sleaze factor is zero, though they'd happily admit to having a very high cheese factor.