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sketchy

Of dubious safety or legal integrity. He's assuring me that the scheme is totally legitimate, but it sounds pretty sketchy to me. He jerry-rigged some sketchy makeshift scaffolding so we could finish the painting on the outside wall, and I spent the whole time worried it would come toppling down around us.

sketchy

mod. unsafe; illegal; risky. (Alluding to danger due to lack of knowledge.) Why are we going down in the sketchy place on this silly errand?
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A spokesman said that the incident was still being investigated and police only had sketchy details until the man was well enough to be interviewed.
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The information might be sketchy and based solely on recollection--i.e., estimations of the number of engineers who worked at that time and their salaries, and partially recalled qualified research activities and the time spent on them.
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It's all very well spending 10 million pounds on a winger but if we don't sign someone to put the ball in the back of the net then this could be a very, very sketchy period for NUFC.
In a statement, the president said: "The United States has joined with Australia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea to create a new Asia-Pacific partnership on clean development, energy security, and climate change." Details about the new partnership are sketchy, but according to a White House fact sheet, the parties to the agreement pledge on a voluntary basis to develop and use technologies that increase energy security while decreasing emissions of so-called greenhouse gases.
Although sketchy, this section outlines the strong commitment to education and the Baptist faith that marked Taylor's birth family.
Readers may contrast the extremely detailed story of George Pullman, who thought to hire dark skinned, recently freed Southern men to serve his clients, against the sketchy details of the first unknown porter-everyman, and marvel at the anonymity that makes him so salient a black icon
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Queen's Park says it plans to create a new research fund this fall, but details remain sketchy.
Details are still sketchy about the exact functioning of the new company.