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Shyster is very probably German also; Thornton has traced it back to the 50's.

A lawyer, doing a thing of this character, is denominated a 518 shyster.

He performs religious duties on Sunday and is a shyster on Monday.

"I guess he's a shyster by nature, that fellow," interposed Jowett.

Did you ever know a shyster to pad his library with Congressional reports?

To make an application of all this, let us not be too hard on the quack and the shyster.

The other was made out to a shyster lawyer and was for fifteen thousand.

He is as weak as water,—an ignorant, Godless shyster from the backwoods of Illinois.

Unfortunately, the lawyer he trusted was a shyster of the worst sort.

The shyster played square and seemed so honest that they intrusted him with a check on a bank in Quebec.

WORD ORIGIN

"unscrupulous lawyer," 1843, U.S. slang, probably altered from German Scheisser "incompetent worthless person," from Scheisse "shit" (n.), from Old High German skizzan "to defecate" (see shit (v.)).

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