Definition of Philadelphia lawyer in English:

Philadelphia lawyer

Line breaks: Phila|del¦phia law¦yer

noun

informal
A very shrewd lawyer expert in the exploitation of legal technicalities.
More example sentences
  • The consequence was a labyrinthine system of bonus points and calculating the draw which a Philadelphia lawyer might well have struggled to understand.
  • It doesn't take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure that one out.
  • With that deal he demonstrated there is a career for him as a Philadelphia lawyer once he hangs up his boots.

Origin

with reference to Andrew Hamilton of Philadelphia, who successfully defended John Zenger (1735), an American journalist and publisher, from libel charges.

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