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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.
See also: colder, heart, of, shady, side

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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But the parties who do not end the shadiness will pay the price.
The Virginia Lottery was the subject of repeated rumours of corrupt administration: in 1613, for example, the organizers had allegedly embezzled a large part of the 160,000-crown dividend.(31) These rumours ultimately led to the suppression of lotteries by royal proclamation on 8 March 1621.(32) By comparing Romelio's financial dealings with the profits accruing to the erector of a lottery, Webster gives an early indication of their probable shadiness.
Neither did plots 2 and 4 "resemble" each other in shadiness, substrate, or general aspect.
Thus, we have news which tells us nothing about Hancock II but everything about the impeachment of Judith Moriarty because the impeachment story can be handled with a soundbite and because it has implications of shadiness.
The party vote can also be suppressed, but it would need brute force and polling-day shadiness. That could be costly in other ways.
I won't miss the shadiness, I won't miss him skulking around after digging someone and I won't miss him saying he has been treated like a criminal, which is utter tosh.
Through his love for his craft, Atencio, together with 8990, has also managed to turn around the game by debunking the myths of shadiness that are often associated with the business of mass housing.
Despite its shadiness, the lottery continues to thrive; slogans such as Oregon's "There's no such thing as a losing ticket" encourage us to keep trying our luck.
(The findings: two tons of books burned, nine temples ransacked, hundreds of carvings destroyed, dozens of people seriously injured, and 10 people so traumatized by their beatings that they shortly afterwards committed suicide.) On the other hand, he is also an entrepreneur who engages in much of the shadiness that gives Chinese business a bad name.
Duarte, who is jealous of President Oscar Arias's Nobel Prize and who claims credit for the Arias "peace process,' chiefly imputes shadiness to others.
There's enough shadiness around Imran for enemies to have their pick.
Throughout its first decade, 8990 Holdings has also been changing the game in mass housing by debunking the myths of shadiness, low margins, and risky clients.
There's no hiding Devin's shadiness. Despite being new to "The Challenge," he managed to make his way to the final three in "Rivals 3." He also ruled the roost on "Are You the One: Second Chances" earlier this year.