Definition of shyster:
- bad person (part of speech: noun)
- villain (part of speech: noun)
- lawyer (part of speech: noun)
A shyster lawyer need but to keep his client off the stand and he can saturate the jury's mind with any facts concerning the defendant's respectability and history which his imagination is powerful enough to supply.- "Courts and Criminals", Arthur Train.
This exchange was satisfactory enough to the peasant and the young woman, but some night- prowling shyster lawyers, who wished to get possession of the mantle for their own profit, demanded that both articles be deposited with them, and the judge could look into the case on the morrow, for it would appear that the ownership of the articles was not so much to the point as was the suspicion of robbery that attached to both sides.- "The Satyricon, Complete", Petronius Arbiter.
I always say nobody can ever count on such a little harum- scarum as- You mean to tell me, Mrs. Kaufman, that just because a little shyster doctor- Her hand closed over the long envelope again, crunching it.- "Gaslight Sonatas", Fannie Hurst.