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 Joe Biden's night kicked off with a few low blows to Buttigieg, who had unexpectedly outpaced the former VP in Iowa. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "So, Who Won The New Hampshire Debate? All Eyes Were On Bernie & Pete," 7 Feb. 2020 Their lawyers -- played perfectly by Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta -- bring them down to the prize fight nature of the struggle where low blows are allowed and encouraged. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Our favorite movies from 2019," 6 Feb. 2020 Trump, who's married to President Trump's son Eric, decided to take a low blow at Biden during a Woman for Trump event in Iowa on Thursday night. TheWeek, "Lara Trump is making fun of Joe Biden's stutter," 17 Jan. 2020 USA TODAY Disney's big streaming hit with viewers feels more like a low blow for Netflix. Coral Murphy, USA TODAY, "Netflix lost over one million subscribers to Disney Plus, analyst says," 21 Dec. 2019 She’s taken low blows at Biden, Pete, and now Sanders. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "Sexism allegation latest in Elizabeth Warren campaign desperation," 14 Jan. 2020 Silva lands an unintentional low blow and then another moments later. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 243 recap: Israel Adesanya knocks out Robert Whittaker in second round," 5 Oct. 2019 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

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First Known Use of low blow

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Low blow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/low%20blow. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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