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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


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.


n. a repellent person, thing, or place. Gad, what a sleaze-bucket! Let me out of here!
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MP Ali Al Zayed welcomed measures already taken to tackle sleaze, but said alcohol should be outlawed.
Those keen to award the sleaze gong to Labour point out that - unlike events that have shamed Messrs Blair and Brown - the stain never reached No.
SLEAZE METER: 3 Incompetence may be bipartisan, but critics argue that there will be more typos in the names of Hispanics, immigrants, and black women.
He should know that the only time I get an overwhelming stench of sleaze in my nostrils is when I read the wildly hypocritical bleating of Tories clutching at straws.
But I think it does point out the hypocrisy of what they said at the time: 'purer than pure', 'whiter than white', 'tough on sleaze, tough on the causes of sleaze
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THE Tories may have invented sleaze - but Labour seem to be trying to perfect it.
Read a never-before-published interview with the late Sister Sleaze, one of the group's early members, only on Advocate.
An aide said: "He's very much against sleaze and has felt for a long time parliament needs cleaning up.
This idea has been revived in the wake of the Mittal allegations of sleaze, or worse, now confronting the Government.
Is it that art viewers are tiring of sleaze and pornography and gravitating toward art that uplifts the soul and images beauty?
The legislation follows concerns highlighted by the Neill Committee on Standards in Public Life, set up after a series of political scandals and allegations of sleaze.
The unprecedented growth of public disquiet about sleaze in contemporary Britain can be interpreted in a number of different ways.
Even the cut version is a jaw-dropper; (now) with its five full minutes of sleaze restored, it (the original version) has to be seen to be not quite believed.
Plaid's outstanding record of being clean of sleaze at Westminster, and of giving the lead to avoid such problems in the Assembly makes Plaid's candidates - like Phil Edwards in Aberconwy - a natural choice for voters disgruntled with the London parties.