seamy side

seamy side
fig. envers du décor; revers de la médaille

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  • seamy side — noun 1. The wrong side of a garment (Shakespeare) 2. The disreputable, sordid or unpleasant side or aspect (of something, esp life) • • • Main Entry: ↑seamy …   Useful english dictionary

  • seamy side — The seamy side of something is the unpleasant or sordid aspect it has …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • seamy side —    The seamy side of something is the unpleasant or sordid aspect it has.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • seamy side — part of a garment which has stitching; hidden part …   English contemporary dictionary

  • seamy side of life —    This expression refers to the most unpleasant, disreputable or sordid aspects of life that we normally do not see (just as the stitched seams of clothes are generally not seen).     Social workers really see the seamy side of life …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • seamy — (adj.) c.1600, in figurative phrase seamy side least pleasant, worst, from SEAM (Cf. seam) + Y (Cf. y) (2); the seamy side of a sewn garment being the less attractive, and thus typically turned in. The popularity of the figurative sense likely is …   Etymology dictionary

  • Seamy — Seam y, a. Having a seam; containing seams, or showing them. Many a seamy scar. Burns. [1913 Webster] Everything has its fair, as well as its seamy, side. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • seamy — [sēm′ē] adj. seamier, seamiest 1. having or showing seams, esp. with rough edges, as the underside of a garment 2. unpleasant or sordid [the seamy side of life] seaminess n …   English World dictionary

  • side — noun 1 flat surface of sth thin ADJECTIVE ▪ flip, reverse ▪ The reverse side of the coin has a picture of a flower. 2 either of the two parts of a place/object ADJECTIVE ▪ far, opposite …   Collocations dictionary

  • side — I n. right or left part 1) the left; right side 2) the credit; debit side (of a ledger) 3) on a side (on the sunny side of the street) faction, party 4) to take smb. s side; to take sides ( to support a faction ) 5) the losing; right; winning;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • seamy — seam|y [ˈsi:mi] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: seamy having the rough side of the seam showing (17 19 centuries), from seam] involving unpleasant things such as crime, violence, or immorality ▪ the seamy side of the World Wide Web …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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