Shoddy business practices.
Stealing from people who trust you is an example of shoddy behavior.
A cheap knock-off purse with uneven stitching and bad design is an example of a shoddy purse.
A shoddy trick.
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Origin of shoddy
- Earlier shoddy worthless material, yarn made by shredding used woolen rags perhaps from dialectal shoad, shode loose fragments of ore on the ground indicating the presence of a lode from Old English scādan, scēadan to shed, divide skei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- The modern adjectival sense was apparently derived from the use of inexpensive shoddy (“fabric from wool-processing byproduct") for unsuitable applications such as for military uniforms at the beginning of the US Civil War.
- Unknown, but possibly from shoad (“loose stone and rubble"), from Old English scádan (“to divide"), or possibly from the Arabic word for reuse. Shoad was of inferior quality for building.