slippery customer

slippery customer

 
1. Fig. a clever and deceitful customer. Watch out for that guy with the big padded coat. He may snatch something. He's a real slippery customer.
2. Fig. a slippery creature. This little fish is a slippery customer. Get me something to scoop it back into its bowl.
See also: customer, slippery
References in classic literature ?
Certainly, had I been one of the Barons, at the time, I should have strongly urged upon my comrades the advisability of our getting such a slippery customer as King John on to the island, where there was less chance of surprises and tricks.
It plays the victim card at every opportunity and is a slippery customer, ducking and diving as it negotiates a world that plays by Big Boys Rules.
How he got there was anyone's guess but as the officers later admitted they knew he was one slippery customer.
Police called in reptile experts who arrived at the scene and identified the slippery customer as a harmless, but impressive-looking, corn snake.
Rippy has been in the crosshairs of Georgia Bureau investigator Will Trent for quite some time, but the basketballer has proved to be a slippery customer.
HE may have been on the losing side but Fish is a slippery customer who makes things tick.
SLIPPERY CUSTOMER Chic with the California king snake he found at ScotBet in Wishaw
Then Foreign Secretary, and future Prime Minister, Jim Callaghan wrote in a memo: "Biggs is a slippery customer with many criminal friends and would not find it difficult to obtain another false passport.
A SLIPPERY customer had mechanics shaking with fear.
He has great movement and he is a very slippery customer.
A PUB is appealing for the return of its pet goldfish - after a slippery customer carried it away in a pint glass.
These results show what a slippery customer the HIV virus is, but also shows that these ADCC antibodies are really forcing the virus into changing, in ways that cause it to be weaker," said Kent.
Infamous gangland criminal Don Marsh is in the frame for the murder, but Marsh is a slippery customer and has already escaped imprisonment several times.
Also, the subject I have in mind -'culture' - is a slippery customer, especially if the intention is to get away from the obvious aspects when discussing it.
No wonder Maccarinelli - who defends his WBO cruiserweight title against the Canadian Bobby Gunn on the Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo Jr undercard at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday - has proved such a slippery customer in his 26-fight pro career, 18 of his 25 wins coming by way of knockout.