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the seamy/seamier side (of something)

The aspects of something that are unpleasant, immoral, corrupt, or degrading. It was in the private donors' club after the fundraising dinner that we saw its seamier side, as the billionaires and corporate tycoons who claim to do so much good for the world engaged in all manner of illicit activity. The film is set in the seamy side of Hollywood in the early 1950s.
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seamy side of life

Kend> Fig. the most unpleasant or roughest aspect of life. (A reference to the inside of a garment where the seams show.) Doctors in that area really see the seamy side of life. Mary saw the seamy side of life when she worked as a volunteer in the homeless shelter.
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seamy side

The sordid or base aspect of something, as in This nightclub certainly shows you the seamy side of the community. This term refers to the wrong side of a garment, revealing the stitched seams. Shakespeare used it figuratively in Othello (4:2): "That turn'd your wit the seamy side without."
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the ˈseamy side (of life, etc.)

the unpleasant, dishonest or immoral aspects (of life, etc.): It’s well known that the world of entertainment has its seamy side: drug abuse, corruption, alcoholism...
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Must this publication too make its anthem the determination to harp on the seamy prospects of a continent without any interest in uncovering the historical foundations of that imagery?
King of the Bowery is an unforgettable look at the seamy side of turn of the century New York politics, as well as the roguish life and times of an amazingly charismatic (albeit morally questionable) public figure.
The movie is a hard-edged story of love, power, and betrayal set in the seamy underworld of the 1940's.
Joshkayll Stuart Clark top Australian bowler at 4-1 He's dismissed Strauss, Cook and Colly four times each, knows where to put it and will enjoy the seamy conditions.
The seamy side of smuggling human cargo is deftly exposed by the clear and concise writing of the Edgar Award nominated author Levine.
Norman Rockwell's ardently religious mom was so eager to lead that she led him every Sunday morning on a route to church which wound through a seamy part of town.
Rock is among about 100 witnesses, including actors Sylvester Stallone, Farrah Fawcett and Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey, called to testify for the prosecution in a trial that has exposed the seamy side of the movie industry.
It's a story of fame, greed and desire and brings the seamy world of 1950s Hollywood to vivid life.
Here, he evokes a seamy vision of the capital, far removed from the picture postcard images of the Thames and London Eye - a rat-run of grey concrete and eerie alleyways where bodies can be thrown into the river and dragged under by the strong currents.
Here, he evokes a seamy vision of the capital, far removed from the picture postcard images of the Thames and London Eye; a ratrun of grey concrete and eerie alleyways where bodies can be thrown into the river and dragged under by the strong currents.
On the other, it fairly frequently devolves into pulpy crime potboilers featuring guns a-blazing, a less seamy variation on "The Shield.
Manipulated into an investigation concerning Thornton Hunnycut, the man who unjustly sent Sam to prison twelve years ago and who has become a potential candidate for the vice presidency, Sam must delve into Louisiana's seamy underbelly, even though he is forbidden by his release agreement to return to the state.
With time ebbing away and his life with it, Chev heads out into the seamy underbelly of the city with just one burning desire: revenge.
This one takes the shape of a labyrinthine legal thriller, set in seamy Natchez, Mississippi, a hometown shared by the author and his tortured protagonist.
Larson had turned New York's supposedly seamy side into a celebration of life and love, and Rent turned New York on its head, packing successively bigger theaters en route to Broadway, a fistful of Tony Awards, and the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for drama.