sharp practice

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sharp practice (countable and uncountable, plural sharp practices)

  1. Commercial activity that is possibly dishonest while not actually being illegal.
    The typical political sharp practice of manipulating history to suit the current agenda.
    • 2007 August 29, letters to the editor, “More reports from the check-in desk”, in The Guardian,
      If this is not actually illegal, it certainly appears to be a sharp practice.