• (noun): Slang An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.

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  • (noun): a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods

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Shyster is a slang word for someone who acts in a disreputable, unethical, or unscrupulous way, especially in the practice of law, sometimes also politics or business.

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  • Well, the states still have equal suffrage in the Senate, but this kind of what I call shyster lawyerism has been used to permit the federal government to overrun the Constitutional bounds on its powers.

  • He had begun his career as an "ambulance chaser," had risen later to the dignity of a police court lawyer, and now was of the type that might be called, for want of a better name, a high class "shyster" -- unscrupulous, sharp, cunning.

  • Superspeed shootist sheriff slays sister on the way to silver bullet showdown with supervillain shyster.

  • Steve Hicks Lawrence, Kansas In his article, "That Dirty Bird," on the onomastic migrations of the shitepoke [III, 3], Steven R. Hicks makes passing reference to the intriguing word shyster, an American colloquialism dating from at least as early as 1846 (see Mitford Mathews, Americanisms, 1966).

  • This wasn't an accidental outburst: he went on to repeat the word "shyster" twice more.

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