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

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
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.
Abby Lester has been charged with the murder of Nate Bannister, an unlikeable, shady character.
Each attempt bar the last one was blocked by her aides, who advised that Mr Savile was something of shady character and many stories of his exploits were common knowledge.
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.
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.
That shady character just tried to bribe me to give away a throw-in in the 42nd minute," thought no footballer ever.
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.
And, when I was a kid, an "operator" was kind of a shady character who you could never trust.
I've felt for a while that the biggest challenge he faces in order to grasp longevity is to give his novelty appeal richer colors and textures, to humanize the cartoon - and, craftily enough, that's just what he's done with his memoir, Lettin It All Hang Out, which adds shades to the shady character, dimensions to the diva.