Philadelphia lawyer

Philadelphia lawyer
noun Etymology: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Date: 1788 a lawyer knowledgeable in even the most minute aspects of the law

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Philadelphia lawyer — is a term to describe a lawyer who knows the most detailed and minute points of law. Its first usage dates back to 1788. [ [http://www.merriam Philadelphia lawyer] . Definition at Merriam… …   Wikipedia

  • Philadelphia lawyer — A colloquial term that was initially a compliment to the legal expertise and competence of an attorney due to the outstanding reputation of the Philadelphia bar during colonial times. More recently the term has become a disparaging label for an… …   Law dictionary

  • Philadelphia lawyer — ☆ Philadelphia lawyer n. [so named in reference to Andrew Hamilton, of Philadelphia, who obtained acquittal (1735) of J. P. Zenger from libel charges] Informal a clever, shrewd, or tricky lawyer, esp. one skilled in taking advantage of legal… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Philadelphia Lawyer —    During the eighteenth century a popular belief held that a Philadelphia lawyer was an awesome legal adversary. The reputation of a Philadelphia lawyer carried with it a picture of great talent and the ability to expose the weaknesses of… …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • philadelphia lawyer — noun Usage: usually capitalized P : an exceptionally competent lawyer language that … cannot be correctly and definitely interpreted even by a Philadelphia lawyer Journal of Accountancy especially : a shrewd lawyer versed in the intricacies of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Philadelphia Lawyer — Andrew Hamilton, Philadelphia attorney who in 1734 and 1735 successfully defended New York printer Peter Zenger whose newspaper criticized British colonial policy in America Zenger had been unsuccessful in getting a New York lawyer to take his… …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

  • Philadelphia lawyer — a lawyer of outstanding ability at exploiting legal fine points and technicalities. [1780 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Philadelphia lawyer — Synonyms and related words: Artful Dodger, Yankee horse trader, ambulance chaser, apologist, arguer, argufier, casuist, charmer, controversialist, crafty rascal, debater, disceptator, disputant, dodger, fox, glib tongue, guardhouse lawyer, horse… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Philadelphia lawyer — Philadel′phia law′yer n. lawg a lawyer of outstanding ability at exploiting legal fine points and technicalities • Etymology: 1780–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

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