E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Seamy Side (The).
The wrong or worst side; as, the seamy side of Australia, the seamy side of life. Thus, in velvet, in Brussels carpets, in tapestry, etc., the wrong side shows the seams or threads of the pattern exhibited on the right side.
You see the seamy side of human nature in its most seamy attire.Review of R. Buchanans play Alone in London, November, 1885.
My present purpose is to call attention to the seamy side of the Australian colonies. There is, as we know, such a thing as cotton-backed satin; but the colonists take care to show us only the face of the goods.Nineteenth Century, April, 1891, p. 524.