ambulance chaser

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noun Usually Disparaging.
a lawyer who seeks accident victims as clients and encourages them to sue for damages (sometimes used facetiously).
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Also called, British Slang, accident tout .

Origin of ambulance chaser

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900

OTHER WORDS FROM ambulance chaser

ambulance chasing, noun


ambulance chaser , mouthpiece, pettifogger, shyster

Words nearby ambulance chaser

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How to use ambulance chaser in a sentence

  • "My name is Andrea Frottier, and I hope you don't mind that I mixed up, but I am a compulsive ambulance chaser," I told her.

    I Helped Save Claus von Bulow|Andrea Reynolds|December 9, 2008|DAILY BEAST
  • I didn't do it, and I can beat any case that half-assed ex-ambulance-chaser, Farnsworth, could dream up against me.

    Murder in the Gunroom|Henry Beam Piper
  • That peculiar condition which excites the lively interest of the ambulance-chaser.

British Dictionary definitions for ambulance chaser

ambulance chaser

US slang a lawyer who seeks to encourage and profit from the lawsuits of accident victims

Derived forms of ambulance chaser

ambulance chasing, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with ambulance chaser

ambulance chaser

An attorney who seeks to profit from someone's injury or accident; also, an inferior lawyer. For example, Karen refused to join any law firm that included ambulance chasers. The practice of suing for damages on behalf of the injured person in exchange for a contingency fee—usually a large percentage of the amount so won—may be older, but this derogatory term began to be used for lawyers who actively sought out individuals injured in accidents who required an ambulance. [Slang; late 1800s]

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