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low blow

Syllabification: low blow

Definition of low blow in English:

noun

Boxing
1An illegal blow that strikes below an opponent’s waist: the referee hadn’t seen the low blow and declined to call a timeout
More example sentences
  • Then in the eighth round Ruiz had to wait five minutes to resume after another Johnson low blow.
  • But each knock-down was ruled out as Moore was adjudged to have caught his opponent with low blows.
  • When you're in the ring you'll hear the roar of the crowd changing depending on the on-screen action; throw an illegal low blow and you'll summon tons of boo's and disgruntled reactions.
1.1An unfair or unsportsmanlike comment: his mockery of Elizabeth’s work seemed like a low blow
More example sentences
  • For a moment, he looks almost moved, vulnerable even, so I decide to strike a low blow.
  • Of course, being a discerning and witty individual, (otherwise you wouldn't be here) you aren't going to resort to such a low blow.
  • But it doesn't follow from my post that I am trying to exclude anything and ‘elitist’ is a low blow.

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