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slippery customer

1. A devious, scheming, and untrustworthy person, group, organization, etc. You're working for Brett Thompson? Watch out—that guy's a slippery customer. Companies like this are slippery customers, coming up with all sorts of elaborate means of getting around regulations.
2. Someone who is difficult or impossible to apprehend or pin down due to their cunning. The notorious criminal has proven to be a slippery customer for police, eluding capture once again.
3. Someone or something that is difficult or tricky to determine or define with certainty. Modern art is often a slippery customer because it defies the boundaries of what a lot of people consider "real" art. What some may consider utterly brilliant others will stare at and wonder why a seven-year-old couldn't have done better.
See also: customer, slippery

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.
Schoolchildren had to endure a few slippery customers during an educational animal encounter.
A SCAM has emerged on Teesside in which slippery customers try to con shop cashiers out of cash.
Worms come to the surface during rainfall - there are several theories as to why - and that gave the youngsters the perfect opportunity to get up close with some slippery customers.
Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium is among the attractions promising to provide exciting adventures for young people with visitors being given the chance to be kissed by a pair of slippery customers.
Slippery customers Scrape moss and weeds from between paving slabs and along path edges.
However, her task as trainer turned out to include keeping an eye on slippery customers who would much rather be at the pool side.
But will the slippery customers be to everyone's tastes?
Slippery customers: Fishmongers, from left, Kristian Clark, Callum Waldron, Mark Owens and Nick Donoghue with the giant eels.
But he will have to face even more slippery customers if he succeeds in winning a seat for Labour in the Holyrood elections next year.
SLIPPERY CUSTOMERS: Macaroni penguins slide downhill
Slippery customers were welcomed to the new love shack housed in Edinburgh's Redhall Walled Garden where guests hopped through a drain pipe into their luxury three-storey pad.
SLIPPERY CUSTOMERS: Lynne Jhanke and Ryan Toner at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Service environmental roadshow demonstrate how a wormery works