Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) secretive or dishonest
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    • shady characters/dealings/practices
  • Analysis
     ‘Shady’ is an adjective used to describe something in the shade or covered by shade. It can also describe behavior or actions that are morally questionable or dishonest. “The politician has been implicated in some shady activity regarding secretive payments.”
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The company have been accused of taking part in a number of shady practices in order to raise their share price. The brewing scandal has already tarnished their reputation.
    2. I don't feel comfortable doing a deal with John. He's a shady character who likes to conduct business in an underhanded way.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. He gave me a shady look as I went to take the money from the till.
    2. I burn in the sun easily. Do you mind if we sit somewhere shady?
    3. I wouldn't bring your car to that mechanic if I were you. I heard he uses parts from stolen cars. He's a bit shady if you ask me.
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