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 This is a show that gets loud, shouty, down and dirty. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Two Billys, one beautiful, gritty ‘Billy Elliot’ at the Goodspeed," 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, "Meghan Markle Wears Back-to-Back Black-and-White Outfits in Morocco," 25 Feb. 2019 Invite it onto the floor for a down and dirty dance. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes March 12-March 18," 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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“Down and dirty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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