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1. A practitioner of law who is unethical or immoral. After the accident, I got calls from all sorts of shysters saying I could get rich if I let them sue the company on my behalf. Everyone knows she's a total shyster who'll go to any length to win her case.
2. By extension, someone of a dubious moral or legal standard; a suspected swindler, cheat, or fraud. The shysters said the car was brand new, but it's been having all sorts of problems ever since I bought it.
n. an unethical or unscrupulous lawyer. (Also a rude term of address.) Look, you cheap shyster, I paid you to help me, not ruin me!