the seamy side

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the seamy/seamier side (of something)

The aspects of something that are unpleasant, immoral, corrupt, or degrading. It was in the private donors' club after the fundraising dinner that we saw its seamier side, as the billionaires and corporate tycoons who claim to do so much good for the world engaged in all manner of illicit activity. The film is set in the seamy side of Hollywood in the early 1950s.
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the ˈseamy side (of life, etc.)

the unpleasant, dishonest or immoral aspects (of life, etc.): It’s well known that the world of entertainment has its seamy side: drug abuse, corruption, alcoholism...
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seamy side, the

The unsavory or worst aspect. This expression alludes to the wrong side of a garment or other fabric, in which the stitched seams show. It was first transferred by Shakespeare, “He turn’d your wit the seamy side without” (Othello, 4.2), and has been used ever since to describe the unfavorable side of things.
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Given the seamy side of lucrative men's scholastic sports programs--including abysmally high dropout rates and a tendency to wink at cheating and criminal behavior by "student" athletes--seeing men's sports squeezed a bit to create opportunities for women might not be such a cause for mourning.
It's a work of fiction about the seamy side of Saskatoon and about Native people's subsistence in that environment, written by a former newspaper columnist for the now defunct Saskatoon Free Press.
Patsy, famed for her vodka and champagne cocktail habit, has moved into the seamy side of PR, making a living by rifling through celebrities' bins.
And best of all, it was directed and choreographed by the peerless Jerome Robbins, who brought his scorn and affection for the seamy side of show business and his unerring eye for colloquial dance forms to the story of the burlesque queen Gypsy Rose Lee.
William, a real estate agent accustomed to the seamy side of city life, shrugged: "Quite frankly, everyone is paid off today.
The seamy side of London life was immortalized in the paintings of Fielding's friend, William Hogarth.
Far from bringing greater integrity and ethics into politics -- as one would expect from a "Christian" organization -- Reed and company have taken the worst tactics from the seamy side of American electioneering and raised them to an art form.
Archer fully recognizes the seamy side of corporatism, that it has the potential to foster class collaboration, union oligarchy, and other dangers to democracy.
You may have seen the seamy side in the film Leaving Las Vegas or had a glimpse of the glitter in Casino.
This work was followed by My Little Girl (1873); This Son of Vulcan (1876); The Golden Butterfly (1876), the most popular of their joint productions; With Harp and Crown (1877); The Monks of Thelema (1878); By Celia's Arbour (1878); The Seamy Side (1880); The Chaplain of the Fleet (1881); Sir Richard Whittington (1881); and a large number of short stories, some of which were reprinted in The Case of Mr.
Public administration is the seamy side of sovereignty, and this makes constitutions work.
Still another distinct class of business history consists of books written to expose only the seamy side of business.
In this society, observations of the seamy side of capitalism that uncover the falseness of its ideology are often branded immediately as Marxist.
I'm sure the emotional impact will be highlighted by the direction of the coverage by Brillante Mendoza, the indie filmmaker who is best known for his obsession with squalor and the seamy side of life.
Music video vet Fredrik Bond ably shows off the seamy side of Bucharest.