The sordid, unattractive aspect of something: “Lying and stealing are part of the seamy side of life.”
The seamy side of British democracy was appropriately symbolized.
The top gave one the instant impression of the seamy side of a volcano.
In fact, he was familiar with this seamy side of Providence.
Still, in these twenty years I have seen a great deal of the seamy side of the world.
Suppose you come to see the seamy side of me—as you do of everybody?
I have not sold furs for thirty years without knowing the seamy side of a Court robe.
She knew of life's seamy side as a theory; she could not grasp it as a fact.
May was not long in discovering the seamy side of all the luxury which surrounded her; and it amazed her.
I have no patience with those people who are always looking on the seamy side.
Men who have seen the seamy side of life in all of the big cities of the world declare that Panama is as bad as the worst of them.