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sharp practice

Underhanded, deceitful, cunning, or particularly sneaky practice, especially in business, that is technically within the scope of the law but which may be considered immoral or unethical. The investment banking sector has been tightly reined in by the government after the sharp practice that went unchecked for so many years and cost so many people their life savings.
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sharp practice

Crafty or deceitful dealings, especially in business. For example, That firm's known for its sharp practice, so I'd rather not deal with them. This expression, first recorded in 1836, uses sharp in the combined sense of "mentally acute" and "cutting."
See also: practice, sharp

sharp ˈpractice

clever but dishonest methods of business, etc: There’s a lot of sharp practice in the second-hand car business.
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Well, my dear sir, Taboureau the laborer, an obliging, hard-working, good-natured fellow, used to lend a helping hand to any one who asked him; but as his gains have increased MONSIEUR Taboureau has become litigious, arrogant, and somewhat given to sharp practice.
Yet there was a remarkable gentleness and childishness about these people, a special inaptitude for any kind of sharp practice, and an untiring readiness to help and pity one another, deserving often of as much respect, and always of as much generous construction, as the every- day virtues of any class of people in the world.
He could not say exactly that it was sharp practice on Owen's part to accept his invitation to call, and, having called, to continue calling long enough to make the present deplorable situation possible; but he felt that it would have been in better taste for the young man to have effaced himself and behaved more like a bank-clerk and less like an heir.
It won't do if I have done what looks a little like sharp practice, and then only raised a revolution.
That party certainly did from that time apply himself to cutting in against me in a way that I will call sharp practice, and did make it, at every turn and point, extremely difficult for me to be sure that I hadn't inadvertently led up to something contrary to Miss Summerson's wishes.
Uncle Mitral, a former sheriff's officer, crafty, clever at sharp practice, and full of expedients and judicial precautions, believed the honor of his family to be involved in the appointment of his nephew.
Kingsley-Sundaye said that the department had begun intensive surveillance to check sharp practices by some petroleum marketers in the state.
LONDON: An undercover operation by a British newspaper in a European airport revealed some sharp practices by some car-hire firms against tourists.
I have absolutely no idea what you can do to avoid such widespread sharp practices but hope that this heads-up proves useful.
Some banks also actively aided the sharp practices by delaying disbursements to successful applicants while they tried to earn some arbitrage profits in between.
Bad bosses and construction firms employing sharp practices should beware.
I'VE written extensively about payday loan sharp practices.
Peter Dean, of Your Debt Expert, said the news "wasn't that surprising", adding: "They are just one of a number of short-term lenders who were fined and severely criticised by the regulator for sharp practices.
Assistant Minister for Health Ken Wyatt said these measures were designed to nip any non-compliance or sharp practices in the bud before they became a major problem.
The change in rules today presents another very positive step to protect customers from sharp practices and unexpected fees".