shady past

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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
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The Birling family are celebrating daughter Sheila's engagement to Gerald Croft when a mysterious inspector arrives and begins to question them about their shady pasts and the death of a young woman.
Flashbacks bring to life the shady pasts of fellow inmates including fearsome top dog Galina Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew), Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks).
This time last week, the Baftas were in full swing and host Graham Norton was poking fun and causing controversy at the raft of former TV stalwarts whose shady pasts have been exposed recently, while others are currently under investigation.