a sketchy neighborhood

A "sketchy" neighborhood looks like it might be dangerous. Often a sketchy neighborhood has old buildings that need to be repaired. There might also be people there who look violent or sneaky.

If you're sure that a neighborhood is dangerous, you usually don't call it "sketchy". Instead, call it "a bad neighborhood" or "a rough neighborhood".

Other things that you can describe as "sketchy" include:

  • a hotel
  • a bar or night club
  • a person


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