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Philadelphia lawyer

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A skillful attorney, especially one who is knowledgeable about legal technicalities and their effective use.

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  • noun US A clever, crafty, or otherwise extremely adroit practitioner of law.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.]

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Possibly derived from Andrew Hamilton's skillful defense of John Peter Zenger in 1735, though, as the phrase is not attested until 1788, this is uncertain.

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