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An unethical, unscrupulous practitioner, especially of law.
[Probably alteration of German Scheisser, son of a bitch, bastard, from scheissen, to defecate, from Middle High German schīzen, from Old High German skīzzan; see skei- in Indo-European roots.]
informal chiefly US a person, esp a lawyer or politician, who uses discreditable or unethical methods
[C19: probably based on Scheuster, name of a disreputable 19th-century New York lawyer]
1. a lawyer who uses unprofessional or questionable methods.
2. a person who gets along by petty, sharp practices.
[1835–45, Amer.; probably < German Scheisser, literally, defecator]
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