down and dirty

adjective or adverb

Definition of down and dirty

1 : unvarnished the down and dirty truth
2 : made or done hastily : not revised or polished a down and dirty solution
3 : marked by or given to fierce often unscrupulous competition down and dirty campaigning
4 : bawdy down and dirty sexuality
5 : seedy a down and dirty neighborhood
6 : relating to or involved with what is crudely basic and practical down and dirty details

Examples of down and dirty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With Season 1 now completed on HBO Max, Parham spoke to Variety about getting down and dirty as a liberated woman of the ‘70s. Selome Hailu, Variety, 14 Apr. 2022 Few songs have distilled the essence of the down and dirty Sunset Strip life more effectively. Jon O'brien, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2022 These are often down and dirty wars of tribal fury, where the fighting itself is what matters. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Feb. 2022 The way James decided to shoot it, which is like a documentary with the camera on the shoulder (of the cameraman) shooting these characters, very immediate, down and dirty, really works. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Gottmik draws her brows sky high on her signature, clown-white face, but her reality TV standards are down and dirty. Joey Nolfi,, 23 July 2021 The best machine for cleaning upholstery is a spot cleaner, which uses suction and steam to get into even the most down and dirty stains. Popular Science, 5 Mar. 2021 In 2020, designing wasn’t about styling or embellishment but about coming up with down and dirty solutions. Anne Quito, Quartz, 23 Dec. 2020 The cushions will likely get worn down and dirty the fastest. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of down and dirty

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Down and dirty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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