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colder than the shady side of a banker's heart

Very cold. You better bundle up—it's colder than the shady side of a banker's heart today.
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on the shady side of

slang Older than; more than. I'm much more concerned about my health now that I'm on the shady side of 60. You're on the shady side of 20, which means you need to start acting more responsibly.
See also: of, on, shady, side

shady character

A dubious, suspicious, or potentially immoral or unlawful person. The security guard caught a shady character hanging around the back entrance to the warehouse. I've always thought he was a bit of a shady character, so I was a bit nervous when Janet said she was going to work for him.
See also: character, shady

shady deal

A dubious, suspicious, or potentially immoral or unlawful arrangement, agreement, contract, or transaction. The mayor's been making shady deals like that for years. This was just the first time he was caught. You can find all sorts of shady deals online for cheap pharmaceuticals.
See also: deal, shady

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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

shady deal

Fig. a questionable and possibly dishonest deal or transaction. The lawyer got caught making a shady deal with a convicted felon.
See also: deal, shady
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Capital took a rest from production as investment plunged into the freewheeling speculative climate of real estate, the stock market, sport franchises, and other endeavors where glib tongues and fast deals open the door to the shadiest of capitalist practices, the overtly criminal tip of an iceberg of sleaze melting into the odd conviction for insider trading.
Here we are afforded a ringside view on the obscene handiwork of two of the shadiest characters one would ever wish to encounter.
1 Sit under Bodnant Gardens' biggest, shadiest tree within the sound of the tinkly fountain overlooking the lily pond
I cover the jug with some leaves on the shadiest side of the tree.
If your garden is confined, an ideal shrub in bloom at this time of the year is the winter-flowering jasmine, which will tolerate even the shadiest of positions.
And you need not read the sports pages for long to find someone complaining that today's "juiced" ballplayers are toppling the game's sacrosanct records by the shadiest of means.
The sycamore wasn't the oldest tree on the square, but it was the biggest one, and the shadiest. Everyone knew it, just like they knew the pump in front of the firehouse where kids and dogs and horses could get a drink on a hot day.
Now here's hoping the Arkansas Casino Corp.'s gambling initiative falls short on signatures, because it's one of the shadiest organizations and worst proposals imaginable.
FRG leaders suggested that former President Alvaro Arzu (1996-2000) and members of his family were investors in Luca, and called the deal "the shadiest and most irregular deal ever conducted in the public sector," in part because in was unclear who the Luca partners were.
In the shadiest and rockiest areas at the base of the valleys, water flows from the porous sandstone to form semipermanent pools.
The value judgements which they bring to the heterogenous mass of critics, the times when they cite their opponents and those when they reply to them without citation (because this permits then to disguise the objection targeted at them so that there is leisure to counter another argument without distinguishing it from the original), all this is sufficient indication that, at certain levels, card-carrying scientists can ape the shadiest intellectuals by scattering fraudulent tricks throughout the debate.
Of Casement's three Marlowesque river journeys this remains the shadiest voyage of all.
[C.sub.4] grasses predominated in brightly lit (mean PFD = 60.6%), sandy microsites; [C.sub.3] grasses in shadier microsites (mean PFD = 51.5%), and sedges in the shadiest microsites (mean PFD = 39.0%).
Although these sites were very close to each other, they received different irradiance levels and constituted three distinct habitats: (1) sunlight habitat, a northeast-facing section of the cliff receiving 2 h of direct morning sunlight; (2) shade habitat, a north-facing sector of the cliff that receives no direct sunlight and is intermediate in the irradiance gradient; and (3) deep shade habitat, a small cave situated at the bottom of the north-facing wall, the shadiest environment.
"I think it's very useful to focus on the supply-side aspect of weapons proliferation, and Gary's work has uncovered many of the shadiest dealings of private firms in the U.S., Britain, and Germany"