low blow


Definition of low blow

: an unprincipled attack gossip column that landed one low blow after another— James Fallows

Examples of low blow in a Sentence

Firing her on her birthday was really a low blow.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s disgusting and a real low blow to talk sh*t ab an unborn child. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "TikTok Star Zoe LaVerne Reveals She's Pregnant, and Fans Are Upset," 23 Feb. 2021 For businessowners along the strip, the cancellation of their biggest event of the year feels like low blow after a year of challenges. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade on Greenville Avenue in 2021 is canceled," 31 Jan. 2021 No play summed up that frustration than, with Kentucky up 27-7 in Neyland Stadium, Ramel Keyton connecting on low blow of linebacker J.J. Weaver. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Watch Tennessee’s Ramel Keyton kick Kentucky’s J.J. Weaver in crotch in Wildcats’ 34-7 win over Vols," 17 Oct. 2020 Rose came out from the back late into the match, slapped her tag team partner Deville and dealt a low blow to Ziggler to set up Otis for the victory. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "WrestleMania 36 — how WWE pro wrestlers with Colorado ties fared," 6 Apr. 2020 After being hit with a low blow at his low point by a person who is supposed to be his friend, Zach happily hits Clay. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 Zach declines, so Clay goes for the low blow and taunts Zach about his injury. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 8 June 2020 An intentional low blow from Judah incensed Roger, who climbed into the ring during the match to confront him. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Roger Mayweather, former trainer of Floyd Mayweather Jr., dead at age 58," 17 Mar. 2020 In an attempt to distinguish his documentary from the other, Bozek delivers what feels like an unnecessary low blow. Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, New York Times, "‘The Times of Bill Cunningham’ Review: Another New York Snapshot," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of low blow

1952, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Low blow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20blow. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of low blow

boxing : an illegal punch that hits a boxer below the waist
: an action or comment that is very hurtful and unfair

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