Entry from US English dictionary
informal Dishonest, unfair, or unsportsmanlike conduct.
- Then again, I'm not sure that the producers of the HBO special didn't play dirty pool - or at least resort to lazy visual shorthand - by telegraphing Tripp's nastiness via slow-mo close-ups and unflattering mug shuts.
- But Fox's parent company is also closing a deal to buy several UPN affiliate stations, and the scuttlebutt is it may ultimately want a piece of UPN itself, all of which, The WB's brass claimed, made for dirty pool.
- This is the little guy gouging the eyes of the bigger guy to get an edge, but we must remember that the little guy isn't always right, and dirty pool is just that.
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Syllabification: dirt·y pool
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