shady character

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shady character

 and a suspicious character
Fig. an untrustworthy person; a person who makes people suspicious. There is a suspicious character lurking about in the hallway. Please call the police.
See also: character, shady
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Goodfellow), so far from pushing the suspicious circumstances to extremity, which he was sorry to say, really had arisen against Mr.
To his suspicious interpretation Dorothea's silence now was a suppressed rebellion; a remark from her which he had not in any way anticipated was an assertion of conscious superiority; her gentle answers had an irritating cautiousness in them; and when she acquiesced it was a self-approved effort of forbearance.
Now, it seems to me his eating beans with a knife is more suspicious.
The Englishman attempted to dissuade him, but immediately the black became threatening and abusive, since, like all those who are ignorant, he was suspicious that the intentions of others were always ulterior unless they perfectly coincided with his wishes.
He paused with the match in his fingers, puzzled, suspicious, anxious.
He had been interviewed by all manner of people, had listened to dozens of suspicious stories.
This was suspicious enough to warrant investigation, and the first and only boat we succeeded in boarding proved to have an illegal net.
I thought of all the suspicious objects scattered about the room, of the probability that he was only putting this question to try my courage, of the very likely chance that he would shoot me forthwith, if I began to prevaricate.
Ladies and gentlemen," he said, coolly, "you see me under suspicious circumstances, but"--his voice was drowned in peals of laughter--such laughter as is heard in asylums for the insane.
I remember Barton," he said; "I believe he was--it was reported that--wasn't there something suspicious in his death?
If I pour out your medicine, I commit a suspicious action--they say I poisoned
The Trojans were suspicious of the wooden horse and standing round it debated what they ought to do.
If I were suspicious,' I replied, 'I should have discovered your infamy long before.
These calumnies might have probably produced ill consequences, at the least might have occasioned some trouble, to a person of a more doubtful and suspicious character than Mr Allworthy was blessed with; but in his case they had no such effect; and, being heartily despised by him, they served only to afford an innocent amusement to the good gossips of the neighbourhood.
Whatever is much thought about is at last thought suspicious.