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The sordid, unattractive aspect of something: “Lying and stealing are part of the seamy side of life.”

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  • The top gave one the instant impression of the seamy side of a volcano.

    Boys' Second Book of Inventions Ray Stannard Baker
  • Suppose you come to see the seamy side of me—as you do of everybody?

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Still, in these twenty years I have seen a great deal of the seamy side of the world.

  • She knew of life's seamy side as a theory; she could not grasp it as a fact.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • I have not sold furs for thirty years without knowing the seamy side of a Court robe.

  • In fact, he was familiar with this seamy side of Providence.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • May was not long in discovering the seamy side of all the luxury which surrounded her; and it amazed her.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • I have no patience with those people who are always looking on the seamy side.

    Their Pilgrimage Charles Dudley Warner
  • Men who have seen the seamy side of life in all of the big cities of the world declare that Panama is as bad as the worst of them.

    The Panama Canal Frederic Jennings Haskin
Idioms and Phrases with seamy side

seamy side

The sordid or base aspect of something, as in This nightclub certainly shows you the seamy side of the community. This term refers to the wrong side of a garment, revealing the stitched seams. Shakespeare used it figuratively in Othello (4:2): “That turn'd your wit the seamy side without.”
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