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[mass noun] Dishonest or barely honest dealings:‘any kind of sharp practice will ruin a barrister's career’
trickery, chicanery, deception, deceit, deceitfulness, duplicity, dishonesty, unscrupulousness, underhandedness, subterfuge, fraud, fraudulence, legerdemain, sophistry, skulduggery, swindling, cheating, duping, hoodwinkingdeviousness, guile, intrigue, craft, craftiness, artfulness, slyness, wilesmisleading talkcrookedness, monkey business, funny business, hanky-panky, shenanigans, flimflamjiggery-pokerymonkeyshinescodologymanagement, knaveryView synonyms
- ‘Politicians should have more regard for the complexity they conjure up with each new wave of legislation, which creates a breeding ground for fraud and sharp practice.’
- ‘A requirement of form deters sharp practice and fraud whilst encouraging the desirable elements of a seriously intended, voluntary agreement.’
- ‘The Yanks lecture the world on good election process, yet let ballot design, voting procedure and counting power be controlled by the equivalent of local councils - a recipe for electoral corruption and sharp practice.’
- ‘He has been pinned by the dishonesty and sharp practice apparently rife in the Queensland branch.’
- ‘What these people did wasn't sharp practice, it was criminal.’
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