the seamy/seamier side (of something)

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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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seamy side

The sordid or base aspect of something, as in This nightclub certainly shows you the seamy side of the community. This term refers to the wrong side of a garment, revealing the stitched seams. Shakespeare used it figuratively in Othello (4:2): "That turn'd your wit the seamy side without."
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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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He is full of quickness and penetration, piercing easily below the clumsy platitudes of Thrasymachus to the real difficulty; he turns out to the light the seamy side of human life, and yet does not lose faith in the just and true.
All the seamy side of things, all the secret reasons and rotten motives and bribery arid blackmail they call politics.
Josh's attraction to Trent's sister, Brenda, further complicates what becomes a murder mystery, as well as a tour of the seamy side of biking culture.
His works from the immediate postwar period were described by his eldest son Dennis as 'somber slices from the seamy side of life,' and by granddaughter Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, a curator and assistant professor of art studies at the University of the Philippines, as 'proto-social realism.
The seamy side of China's post-crisis stimulus package was ventilated in the trial of Liu Zhijun, who oversaw the development of China's showcase high-speed rail network -- a position that garnered him 374 properties, 16 cars, and 18 mistresses.
The seamy side of Hollywood never fails to fascinate, and it delivers enough intrigue and general nastiness to make for a gripping plot.
The trio of amateur sleuths follows a trail that snakes through the past and present as they uncover the seamy side of the victim's life and meet a growing list of suspects who are anything but ordinary.
In Leon's novels, Brunetti's sleuthing takes the reader through Venice's unique labyrinth of alleyways, aboard vaporetti or police launches navigating the waterways and, more often than not, into the seamy side of local politics and business.
He wanted to show the seamy side of Barcelona, which is also very vibrant.
You'll see so much of the seamy side of life that your spirit can get injured.
Now Andrew Young, the disgraced lackey of the even-more disgraced one-time US presidential hopeful John Edwards, has brought our focus back to the seamy side of politics with his recently released book, The Politician: An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down.
Que estas practicas represivas hayan sido realizadas por, y en nombre de, instituciones democraticas liberales, constituye una paradoja sobre la que se reflexiona en varias de las aportaciones, y que fue senalada ya en estudios tempranos como el de Alan Wolfe The Seamy Side of Democracy.
King of the Bowery is an unforgettable look at the seamy side of turn of the century New York politics, as well as the roguish life and times of an amazingly charismatic (albeit morally questionable) public figure.
Chicago" explores the seamy side of the Windy City during the roaring, crime-infested 1920s using a witty script and clever songs that entertain as they advance the narrative, all built upon brilliant choreography - alternately aerobic and restrained - by the legendary Bob Fosse.