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English definition of “seamy”

seamy

adjective uk   /ˈsiː.mi/ us  
(of a situation) unpleasant because of a connection with dishonest behaviour, violence, and illegal sex: The film vividly portrays the seamy side of life in the London of the early 70s.
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