shady character

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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
Then it struck me that Turnbull was a terror to certain shady characters in the past, and that he had come down to identify and denounce one of them.
Sally's seaman friend Chief accepts a peculiar transport job from a shady character named Alphonse Morro.
But they must beware, because there's a shady character coming to Muckapoo farm.
Port Talbot born and bred Francine Morgan (Stella, The Passion National Theatre Wales) will play Anna, while the shady character of Krogstad will be played by Robert Vernon from Pontypool.
Abby Lester has been charged with the murder of Nate Bannister, an unlikeable, shady character. He was found shot to death in his downtown Sarasota condo and the evidence points to Abby as the killer.
shadY CharaCter: The pattern of the leaves of each plant is unique and a colony provides a rich tapestry of intricate detail in countless shades of green.
When Tony points out that a load of gear she's bought to flog at her shop is actually stolen, she demands her money back from the shady character who sold it to her.
Neal got abducted by an unknown, shady character. As previously reported, the upcoming new season is expected to return to Neal and Peter's core conflict.
OLDBOY (18) EXECUTIVE Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) is abducted and held hostage for 20 years by a shady character called Chaney (Samuel L Jackson).
OLDBOY (Cert 18) SELF-DESTRUCTIVE advertising executive Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) vanishes without trace from outside a bar only to wake in a prison cell under the surveillance of a shady character called Chaney.
He recalled that in the Colombian capital "there is a group of a very shady character, called Juan Jose Rendon, allied with Venezuelans who left the country after the defeat of the coup that they promoted," he said.
In case people find any unclaimed baggage, spot a shady character or activity, they must immediately inform police emergency and Rescue 15.
Egyptian actress Najla Fathi has said that rumors of her intending to play the shady character of Egypt's former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak in a film are unfounded.
But his presumption that one human being can exist without others is steeped in hubris, and his solitude doesn't last long: A not-so-chance encounter with a shady character known as the Boss (Josh Lucas) and his curiously gentle henchman, Victor (Martin Donovan), draws William into a world of call girls, cocaine and the Boss' concubine, Ann (Julianne Nicholson), whose sexual favors are parceled out like Christmas bonuses.
Always a shady character, even in Holby City, Nick has dark secrets of his own, which are about to raise suspicions in the operating theatre.