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down and dirty Syllabification: down and dirt·y

Definition of down and dirty in English:


North American informal
1Highly competitive or unprincipled: he’s willing to get down and dirty backstabbing slander and electronic harassment are freely employed in down-and-dirty hacker feuds
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  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been calling on energy trading corporations to confess, under oath, whether they have been doing any of the down-and-dirty deals that the devilish company got caught making.
  • New Orleans was a failure of down-and-dirty management as much or more than a failure of sublime leadership.
  • I still think the WGA is facing a down-and-dirty round of bargaining which could lead to either a long, destructive strike or a short, destructive collapse.
2Earthy, direct, and explicit: the down-and-dirty realities about these diseases they serve up some down-and-dirty Texas blues
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  • There are many of us who like to think we are too high-minded for reality television and the down-and-dirty roustabout of confessional chat shows.
  • ‘The Internet's not a novelty, but a useful tool that can do down-and-dirty work,’ says his chief Internet strategist.
  • At a time when Hollywood actresses sometimes seemed more interested in making sure they were filmed from their best side than achieving the down-and-dirty realism that a part might need, Bette Davis was an exception.

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