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

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Examples of down and dirty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The show set in motion a new kind of high school melodrama, one shot through with a down and dirty spirit. Lauren Mechling, Town & Country, 4 Oct. 2020 This is a show that gets loud, shouty, down and dirty. Christopher Arnott,, 7 Oct. 2019 The first was perfect for getting a little down and dirty with horses, while the second was suited for a breezy tour through Rabat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 25 Feb. 2019 Invite it onto the floor for a down and dirty dance. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of down and dirty

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of down and dirty was in 1959

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“Down and dirty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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