low blow

noun

: an unprincipled attack
gossip column that landed one low blow after anotherJames Fallows

Examples of low blow in a Sentence

Firing her on her birthday was really a low blow.
Recent Examples on the Web Latin night on Dancing With the Stars began with a bang and ended on a low blow. Calie Schepp, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2023 Johnson was ejected with 13 minutes left for a flagrant 2 after he was judged to have delivered a low blow to Rutgers' Antwone Woolfolk, who was actually called for a foul on the play before the refs went to the monitor to see why Woolfolk shoved Johnson to the court. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Jan. 2024 Trump, the current Republican 2024 presidential front-runner, casts the entire case as a political low blow from James, a Democrat. Jennifer Peltz, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 The low blow came with less than 10 minutes to go in the ballgame as Memphis trailed by 10. Ryan Morik, Fox News, 14 Oct. 2023 That round also featured two stoppages, with Anders on the receiving end of a couple of low blows, including a direct kick to the groin. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 11 June 2023 The two continue on to deliver some seriously low blows. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 8 May 2023 The low blows occurred Wednesday night, after Memphis’ victory in Game 2, during Brooks’ locker room interview. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2023 Green was also suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals for his kick and low blow on LeBron James. oregonlive, 18 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of low blow was in 1952

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“Low blow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20blow. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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