The element in a political party, administration, or other organization that is corrupt, controversial, or tainted by scandal. For example, I can't see myself making a campaign contribution to them—there's too much of a sleaze factor. This slangy expression derives from the adjective sleazy, which means “vulgar” or “tawdry.” The idiom was first used in politics in the 1980s.
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Yet for a vivid decade or so, sleaze was, somewhat paradoxically, a force for literacy and empowerment.
It is the steady accretion of detail that may yet be the most damaging factor in the battle for British hearts and minds.
The quality of the music is a major factor in this recent surge.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet|Stereo Williams|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Therefore in our view we need to talk about our wood management before any other factor in the maturation of The Macallan.
But while the GoPro is impressive by itself, it has some serious wow factor when combined with a drone.
Where goods are confided to a factor without instructions, authority to exercise a fair and reasonable discretion is implied.
The authority of a factor to fix the terms of selling may be by agreement or by usage, like any other agent.
A factor is employed to sell goods, and not to barter or exchange them, and if he should do this his principal could recover them.
The true causes of the depression were not within the control of the Insular Government or of any ruling factor.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
This pronunciation of the nasal vowels in French is, as is well known, an important factor in the famous "accent du Midi."Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer