One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sharp-prowed, flat-bottomed New England sailboat, with one or two masts each rigged with a triangular sail.
2North American informal A dishonest and cunning person, especially a cheat.
- ‘It lets corporate sharpies pretend to be headquartered offshore, even though they're physically right here in the USA.’
- ‘I've got to play poker with you sharpies some time.’
- ‘The sharpies who run these corporations found loopholes in our laws that allow them to dodge paying the taxes they rightfully owe.’
- ‘We will assume, for the purposes of the exercise, that the manager is a real sharpie and squeezes every last dime out of his company.’
- ‘The Pick Six gimmick at the race track is where the money is, and all the evidence points to the fact that three sharpies made their big play on the great day of the Breeders Cup championship races at Arlington Park outside of Chicago on Oct. 26.’
- ‘The occasion would have been a family car trip; the time, the late '50s - the haute Vegas era of feathery showgirls, sharpies in Sy Devore suits, and Sammy Davis Jr. at the Sands.’
- ‘But in The Theory of Moral Sentiments - yes, by the same Adam Smith beloved of Wall Street sharpies, a book he himself thought more important than The Wealth of Nations - Adam Smith makes this argument.’
- ‘They charge that, by pushing investors out on a financial high wire without a net, his policies expose millions of Americans to the risk of stock busts, housing bubbles, and fleecing by financial sharpies.’
- ‘The dialogue runs true and overall you'll experienced a roller coaster of an adventure among hustlers, high rollers, sharpies.’
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