sharp practice

noun

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 The sharper practices of some companies in the space made people think twice about their patronage, as did the dangers of impulse shopping made possible by services offering instant gratification. Jason Karaian, Quartz, "All the ways the world made it harder to be a good person in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 Garoppolo had one of his sharper practices, completing 9-of-13 passes. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "What does McKinnon’s clearance mean for 49ers running backs?," 6 Aug. 2019 Last, and hardest to deal with, is unfair competition: sharp practice that breaks no global rules. The Economist, "The global economyHow China is battling ever more intensely in world markets," 23 Sep. 2017 Such sharp practices have led his daughter to all but disown him, and that has spurred him to look elsewhere for family. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 7 July 2017

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First Known Use of sharp practice

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Sharp practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharp%20practice. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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