sharp practice
index artifice, knavery, maneuver (trick), misdoing, pettifoggery, ruse

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


sharp practice
Questionable or unethical actions, especially by a lawyer. Sharp practice may include making misleading statements or threats, ignoring agreements, improperly using process, or employing other tricky and/or dishonorable means barely within the law. A consistent pattern of sharp practice may lead to discipline by a court or state bar association.
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Working With a Lawyer

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

sharp practice
n.
   actions by a lawyer using misleading statements to opposing counsel or the court, denial of oral stipulations (agreements between attorneys) previously made, threats, improper use of process or tricky and/or dishonorable means barely within the law. A consistent pattern of sharp practice may lead to discipline by the state bar association or by the courts.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • sharp practice — noun Date: 1836 the act of dealing in which advantage is taken or sought unscrupulously …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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