Philadelphia lawyer

Philadelphia lawyer
Lawyer Law"yer, n. [From {Law}, like bowyer, fr. bow.] 1. One versed in the laws, or a practitioner of law; one whose profession is to conduct lawsuits for clients, or to advise as to prosecution or defence of lawsuits, or as to legal rights and obligations in other matters. It is a general term, comprehending attorneys, counselors, solicitors, barristers, sergeants, and advocates. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The black-necked stilt. See {Stilt}. (b) The bowfin ({Amia calva}). (c) The burbot ({Lota maculosa}). [1913 Webster]

{Philadelphia lawyer}, A lawyer knowledgeable about the most detailed and minute points of law, especially one with an exceptional propensity and ability to exploit fine technical points of law for the client's advantage. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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