The sordid, unattractive aspect of something: “Lying and stealing are part of the seamy side of life.”
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How to use seamy side in a sentence
The seamy side of British democracy was appropriately symbolized.
It is strange, but undoubtedly true, that the English nation has no "seamy side."
He'd go through 'Frisco, and out at the far end, without so much as guessing the place had a seamy side to it.Wandering Heath | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
I read him with keen interest, only wishing that he saw the seamy side of things rather less habitually.George Eliot's Life, Vol. II (of 3) | George Eliot
She is to write a series of articles dealing with the seamy side of Grey Town life and her methods of reforming the riff-raff.Grey Town | Gerald Baldwin
This is, however, but taking the seamy side, and the humbler side.The Art of Entertaining | M. E. W. Sherwood
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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