A shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician.
- ‘snollygosters must be thrown out of political office and other positions of power’
- ‘He is not a snollygoster . He wants to change Jamaica .’
- ‘We are up to our necks in lying, cheating, back-stabbing snollygosters.’
- ‘Snollygosters must be thrown out of political office and other positions of power, and kept out.’
- ‘Let's stop messing around and elect fresh voices to City Council in our next municipal election. Snollygosters need not apply. ’
- ‘When snollygosters bother being concerned with the law , they are strictly concerned with what is legal; not with what is ethical or principled.’
Mid 19th century (originally with allusion to a fast-moving monster or ghost): origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately from German schnelle Geister, literally ‘quick spirits’.
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