dirty pool

noun

: underhanded or unsportsmanlike conduct

Examples of dirty pool in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dirty pool was in 1918

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“Dirty pool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirty%20pool. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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