a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.
a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices.
- shy·ster·ism, noun
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How to use shyster in a sentence
On her application for asylum she listened to shyster legal counsel.
One of the latest biographies of Lincoln credits him with many of the artifices of the "shyster."Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2) | William H. Herndon
With all that he was approaching forty a shyster lawyer, living on the blackmail he shared with the police.Max Fargus | Owen Johnson
He was in no humor to be bluffed by a pompous shyster lawyer.The Best Policy | Elliott Flower
At each stage we spoke dutifully of the scene and its associations; I sketched, the shyster spouted poetry and copied epitaphs.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Two trifles, indeed, completed though they scarcely changed my conception of the shyster.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for shyster
informal, mainly US a person, esp a lawyer or politician, who uses discreditable or unethical methods
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