Crafty or deceitful dealings, especially in business. For example, That firm's known for its sharp practice, so I'd rather not deal with them. This expression, first recorded in 1836, uses sharp in the combined sense of “mentally acute” and “cutting.”
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As a means of preventing tooth decay in those cities that do fluoridate, the practice certainly looks like a success.
Back in New York, the slow pace and inward focus of her yoga practice was less fulfilling.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The men use the dolls to practice the basics of caring for babies.
Having graduated Juilliard last spring, Alex Sharp is too young to have given the performance of a lifetime.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014|Janice Kaplan|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in 1969, a longstanding practice was challenged—its ban on women.
Many so-called "humming tones" are given for practice, but in accepting them observe whether the foregoing principle is obeyed.
Selections for practice should be chosen which contain much variety of thought and feeling and are smooth in movement.
A sob rose in her throat, and broke from her lips transformed into a trembling, sharp, glad cry.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
In connection with this step the practice of melodies is useful, if one has musical taste.
It was one of those long moments that makes a fellow draw his breath sharp when he thinks about it afterward.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair