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.

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Grandpa passed away a couple of years ago, so this act was an especially low blow to us. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: Theft of Grandpa’s handmade seat cushion at Twins game was a low blow," 14 Sep. 2019 In 2015 came a low blow: passenger traffic at National surpassed that at Dulles by 1.3 million passengers. Washington Post, "After years-long slump, Dulles International Airport bounces back," 17 Aug. 2019 Evans even dropped Rollins with a low blow, which appeared to be the end of his run with the Universal title, until Becky Lynch came to make the save. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "WWE Stomping Grounds Takeaways: Rematches Cloud Otherwise Exciting Show," 23 June 2019 Vicente had landed a number of questionable low blows before finally being docked a point in the sixth and then again in the seventh. courant.com, "New Haven’s Tramaine Williams wins decision over Yenifel Vicente," 28 July 2019 And this is what a former Republican, Steve Schmidt, who advised the successful Lamar Alexander for president campaign, that's a low blow. Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 June 2018 New director David Leitch sticks to the same formula of raunchy humor and low blows to other superhero movies for a film that succeeds in feeling new and hilarious enough to keep this franchise going. David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "'Deadpool 2' does not care about your feelings. That's what makes it work.," 16 May 2018 After a brutal attack after the match at WrestleMania, Nakamura followed it up on Smackdown with another low blow to Styles. Gene Guillot, NOLA.com, "The best 34 parts of an awesome WrestleMania week," 12 Apr. 2018 Nakamura followed by delivering a low blow, and the crowd gasped. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "WrestleMania 34 is full of Flair, but Rousey, Nicholas steal the show | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of low blow

1952, in the meaning defined above

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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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involving a confidence or trust

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