One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person, especially a lawyer, who uses unscrupulous, fraudulent, or deceptive methods in business.‘an ambulance-chasing shyster’as modifier ‘this guy makes used-car salesmen and shyster real-estate agents look good’
- ‘Austere narrative depicts a 1950s Peterborough, Ontario swarming with tricksters, murderers, shysters and sodomites.’
- ‘There is no place for chancers, shysters and skelms at sea… no political payback appointments who could literally sink a ship.’
- ‘And some would call him a big, you know, phony and a shyster.’
- ‘‘There were shysters, con men, everybody who would find this business attractive because you print your own money,’ he recalls.’
- ‘He declared the amount to be ‘good value for money in a business largely conducted by shysters and sharks.’’
- ‘Adapted from the short stories of Damon Runyon, the show put on stage for the first time the gamblers, gangsters and shysters of the area around Times Square.’
- ‘The refugee issue comes down to a shyster pointing out with one hand those people over there who will harm you, while dipping the other hand into the pocket of the xenophobicly distracted.’
- ‘But to a significant degree it keeps out shysters, and those who are in meet minimum acceptable standards.’
- ‘If there'd been anything to sue and resue and re-resue over, you can bet those 5,000 shysters the campaign flew in would be doing it.’
- ‘Today many of the players earn huge amounts of money, and in place of the local shyster looking for a little glory, you have the multinational capitalist looking for huge profits.’
- ‘So now, six years in, what should these shysters, lawyers, and purveyors of vacuous mediocrity do next?’
- ‘The gun manufacturers, together with other interested parties, should sue the law schools that manufacture the sort of ambulance-chasing shysters who initiate such litigation.’
- ‘Joseph Alessi's playing of the husband and then a shyster lawyer is fine acting.’
- ‘The defense painted the accuser's mother as a shakedown shyster.’
- ‘Sekules eventually left the sport behind, increasingly disgusted at the mercenary amorality of the businessmen and shysters behind the scenes.’
- ‘Ellis claims that the deceased shyster forgave him several months' rent that Harry now tries to collect.’
- ‘I was under no obligation to serve anything to the other party whatsoever, and if they had any complaints then they should take it up with the shyster.’
- ‘He was a shyster lawyer, and had a wife and thirteen half-witted children.’
- ‘I put myself out on the line for this guy, and he was nothing but a shyster with a slick lawyer.’
- ‘He's a shyster, they say, ripping off poor uneducated country folk with his mumbo-jumbo, and luring a stream of young girls into his bed.’
Mid 19th century: said to be from Scheuster, the name of a lawyer whose behaviour provoked accusations of ‘scheuster’ practices, perhaps reinforced by German Scheisser ‘worthless person’.
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