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The sordid, unattractive aspect of something: “Lying and stealing are part of the seamy side of life.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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  • Suppose you come to see the seamy side of me—as you do of everybody?

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She knew of life's seamy side as a theory; she could not grasp it as a fact.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • The seamy side of Santa Ysobel life's recorded in those books.

  • Not but that we see the seamy side too—the depths as well as the heights.

  • In fact, he was familiar with this seamy side of Providence.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • I have no patience with those people who are always looking on the seamy side.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • This is, however, but taking the seamy side, and the humbler side.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • And it's too bad to bother you with the seamy side of it just now.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • She will have her eyes opened, thats all, to the seamy side of artistic life.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
Idioms and Phrases with seamy side

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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