shady past

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shady past

A dubious, suspicious, or potentially immoral or illegal past history. Investigators have begun looking into the shady past of the bankrupt company's CEO. I don't know, John, I wouldn't go out with a guy who has a shady past like that.
See also: past, shady
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RIGHT from the start of Heather Mills's relationship with Sir Paul McCartney there have been rumours claiming she has a shady past. If she has hidden some facts it's because she is ashamed of them and has wanted to protect Sir Paul.