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

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 However, when Styles took the belt, Nakamura hit Styles with a low blow, and proceeded to attack Styles in the ring and out. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Ronda Rousey steals the show at Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans," 9 Apr. 2018 After the match, Nakamura kneeled as if to genuflect before the champ, but then turned heel, hitting Styles with a low blow and leaving him laying. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "WrestleMania 34 recap: Lesnar beats Reigns; Rousey, Styles win," 9 Apr. 2018 Many saw this as Isco dealing a low blow to club manager Zinedine Zidane who has rarely featured Isco in his starting lineup this season. SI.com, "Sergio Ramos Hails Isco's Impacts For Club & Country Stating Zinedine Zidane Trusts the Attacker," 28 Mar. 2018 In a low blow, the immense instrument mysteriously vanished as the band loaded equipment into a van, which at some point was unattended, after a late February show in New Orleans. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Call to a Tip Line, and a Tuba Is Returned," 13 Mar. 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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