sharp practice


Definition of sharp practice

: the act of dealing in which advantage is taken or sought unscrupulously

Examples of sharp practice in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last, and hardest to deal with, is unfair competition: sharp practice that breaks no global rules. The Economist, 23 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sharp practice

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Sharp practice.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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