below the belt


below the belt
adjective
disregarding the rules (from the notion of an illegal low blow in boxing)
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her accusations were below the belt

Similar to: ↑unfair, ↑unjust
Topics: ↑boxing, ↑pugilism, ↑fisticuffs
adverb
in an unfair manner
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they dealt with him unfairly

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their accusations hit below the belt

Syn: ↑unfairly
Ant: ↑fairly (for: ↑unfairly)
Derived from adjective: ↑unfair (for: ↑unfairly)

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UNFAIR, unjust, unacceptable, inequitable; unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, unsporting, sneaky, dishonourable, dishonest, underhand; informal low-down, dirty; Brit. informal out of order, off, a bit thick, not cricket.
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adverb
1. : in the area below the waistline

a boxer disqualified for hitting below the belt

2. : in an unfair or cowardly manner

most of the criticism hit below the belt

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below the belt
To hit, etc, an opponent's body lower than the waist (forbidden in some sports)
Hence (figurative) to deliver a mean blow, attack unfairly
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below the belt phrase
a comment that is below the belt is cruel and unfair

That remark about his weight was a bit below the belt.

Thesaurus: unfairsynonym
Main entry: belt

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unfair or unfairly; disregarding the rules

there has been yet another below-the-belt blow to the workers of Chicago

Origin:
from the notion of an unfair and illegal blow in boxing

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below the belt
informal : too harsh and unfair

That remark was below the belt. = That remark really hit (him) below the belt.

◇ The phrase below the belt comes from the sport of boxing, where it is against the rules to hit your opponent anywhere below the belt.
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Main Entry:belt

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below the ˈbelt idiom
(of a remark) unfair or cruel

That was distinctly below the belt!

Main entry:beltidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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