Definition of Philadelphia lawyer in English:

Philadelphia lawyer

Syllabification: Phil·a·del·phi·a law·yer


A very shrewd lawyer who is 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.


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

Definition of Philadelphia lawyer in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day bimble
Pronunciation: ˈbimbəl
walk or travel at a leisurely pace