slippery customer

slippery customer

 
1. Fig. a clever and deceitful customer. Watch out for that guy with the big padded coat. He may snatch something. He's a real slippery customer.
2. Fig. a slippery creature. This little fish is a slippery customer. Get me something to scoop it back into its bowl.
See also: customer, slippery
References in classic literature ?
Certainly, had I been one of the Barons, at the time, I should have strongly urged upon my comrades the advisability of our getting such a slippery customer as King John on to the island, where there was less chance of surprises and tricks.
Alan Donaldson, 44, was working at his industrial unit near Bassetts Pole when the slippery customer paid him a visit.
WE'VE adder bit of bother with this slippery customer, Sarge.
ey did however discover another slippery customer - a frog which they christened Douglas Bader.
RSPCA officers were called into help the slippery customer which managed to get entangled in garden netting covering the householder's cabbages in Caergwrle, Wrexham, last week.
A SLIPPERY customer had mechanics shaking with fear.
He has great movement and he is a very slippery customer.
A PUB is appealing for the return of its pet goldfish - after a slippery customer carried it away in a pint glass.
Other than that, the hosts were repeatedly frustrated, the unexplained absence of Ashley Young denying them a slippery customer on both flanks on a day when Nani was not at his best.
Magritte, however, proves a slippery customer to pigeonhole, and you get the feeling he would have chuckled at confounding some of the Tate's headings.
These results show what a slippery customer the HIV virus is, but also shows that these ADCC antibodies are really forcing the virus into changing, in ways that cause it to be weaker," said Kent.
Infamous gangland criminal Don Marsh is in the frame for the murder, but Marsh is a slippery customer and has already escaped imprisonment several times.
Also, the subject I have in mind -'culture' - is a slippery customer, especially if the intention is to get away from the obvious aspects when discussing it.
No wonder Maccarinelli - who defends his WBO cruiserweight title against the Canadian Bobby Gunn on the Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo Jr undercard at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday - has proved such a slippery customer in his 26-fight pro career, 18 of his 25 wins coming by way of knockout.
POLICE dealt with a really slippery customer - when a pensioner found a snake down the side of her armchair.