sleaze


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sleazeball

An unpleasant, detestable, repellent person, especially one who makes lecherous advances or lewd remarks. My last manager was a total sleazeball, always implying that he and I should hook up sometime. There's some sleazeball at the bar eyeing us up.

sleaze-bucket

An unpleasant, detestable, repellent person, place, or thing. My last manager was a total sleaze-bucket, always implying that he and I should hook up sometime. The only place in this town you could call a restaurant is a little sleaze-bucket down by the interstate.

sleaze factor

An aspect, element, or part of a group, organization, campaign, activity, etc., that engages in, is tainted by, or is known for immoral, corrupt, or scandalous behavior. We're aiming to create a dating website for professional adults, without the sleaze factor for which some of our competitors are known. The deregulation of this industry has caused the sleaze factor to skyrocket, as people motivated purely by greed now have myriad ways to manipulate the system.
See also: factor, sleaze

sleazebag

An unpleasant, detestable, repellent person, especially one who makes lecherous advances or lewd remarks. My last manager was a total sleazebag, always implying that he and I should hook up sometime. There are a couple of sleazebags at the bar eyeing us up.

sleaze factor

The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to them-there's too much of a sleaze factor . This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means "vulgar" or "tawdry." The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.
See also: factor, sleaze

sleaze

and sleez (sliz)
1. n. a low and despicable person. You’d expect to find a sleaze like that in a sleazoid joint like this.
2. n. any junk. I won’t sell sleez like that! I won’t even have it in my store.
3. in. to act low; to be sexually promiscuous. She looks like the type who will sleaze and lie to get her own way.

sleazebag

n. a repellent person or place. I won’t go into a sleazebag like that.

sleazeball

n. a repellent person. Who is that sleazeball with the earring?

sleaze-bucket

n. a repellent person, thing, or place. Gad, what a sleaze-bucket! Let me out of here!

sleaze factor

The part of a situation or organization that is sordid or corrupt. The word sleaze has been used in the sense of immoral or corrupt since about 1960. The entire phrase is used mostly for components of an administration, political party, or campaign. An article by Joshua E. Keating was headlined, “Sleaze Factor, Is There an Epidemic of Corruption in the World’s Democracies?” (Foreign Policy, July 12, 2010). An article about a television reality show was headlined, “Critics Blame Big Media for Sleaze Factor” (Frank Ahrens, Washington Post, February 11, 2004).
See also: factor, sleaze
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The amount of sleaze alleged in Panama against Sharif is like rounding off errors in our budgets over the years.
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"Some landlords are sleaze and some contractors are sleaze, does anybody have any question about that?" Trump said.
He hit out at Blairites who had 'dishonestly' attacked the Conservatives for sleaze when he was in power.
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THE Tories may have invented sleaze - but Labour seem to be trying to perfect it.
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An aide said: "He's very much against sleaze and has felt for a long time parliament needs cleaning up."