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Philadelphia lawyer, a

noun phrase

One who makes things unnecessarily complicated and obfuscates matters

[1834+; fr a traditional reputation for the shrewdness of such attorneys, and the phrase it would puzzle a Philadelphia lawyer, found by 1788]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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