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low blow

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Definition of low blow in English:

noun

Boxing
1An unlawful blow that lands below an opponent’s waist: the referee hadn’t seen the low blow and declined to call a timeout
More example sentences
  • He scored a knockdown and Trinidad got penalized a point for a low blow.
  • Ref Rudy Charles went down and Jarrett hit Rhodes with a low blow and got Charles' belt.
  • In round 8 Yates again interfered in the action when he deducted a point off of Soto-Karas for an inadvertent low blow.
1.1A comment or tactic regarded as unfair or unkind: his mockery of Elizabeth’s work seemed like a low blow
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  • The SNP supporter then struck a low blow, musing that it would cost less to hire him to make films in Scotland than it was costing to build the new parliament.
  • They will say that criticism of his record on security-related issues unfairly impugns his patriotism and is therefore a low blow.
  • Workers have copped the ultimate low blow - being forced to teach their Brazilian successors tricks-of-the-trade during their last weeks at the plant.

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