Definition of below the belt in English:

below the belt

phrase

  • Disregarding the rules; unfair.

    ‘she said one of them had to work; Eddie thought that was below the belt’
    • ‘She said: ‘They're a little below the belt occasionally, but he does have a great sense of humour.’’
    • ‘They say that to err is but human and no argument can be made against that, but to publicly castigate and besmirch former colleagues and associated staff in an attempt to alleviate criticism strikes well below the belt.’
    • ‘To attack others when they are weak and low is just below the belt.’
    • ‘Even by the standards of centuries of accumulated mudslinging, however, the President's latest outburst was a bit below the belt.’
    • ‘He stressed: ‘This insult was way below the belt, untrue and unjust.’’
    • ‘The issue of curbing so-called ‘below the belt’ attacks would have made sense if the issues were really below the belt - that is, if they had to do with such things as affairs and infidelities.’
    • ‘There was a very derogatory comment made about a particular person and it was below the belt, it wasn't acceptable and should never have gone out.’
    • ‘And every time The President attacks him in a way that's perceived as unfair or below the belt, as normal as that is in politics, and of course it is, I think it damages that perception.’
    • ‘Samantha is so frighteningly polite that to pose cynical questions seems rather below the belt.’
    • ‘But Americans don't see the candidate's ads as below the belt, but as welcome information about a man they don't know who is running for president.’
    • ‘This pushes my experimental colleagues beyond their already strained limits of patience, for it is both wrong and completely below the belt.’
    • ‘Legislation relating to Social Employment Schemes, introduced with very little fanfare and even less protest back in April 2000, due to kick into action this year is very much below the belt for the long-term unemployed.’
    • ‘That was below the belt as far as I was concerned.’
    • ‘I grunted, sticking my nose into the air, ‘that was a tad below the belt, wasn't it’’
    • ‘So, there was no way that anything was underhand or anything was below the belt or anything was conspired or lied to.’
    • ‘Nice thought, but possibly a little too below the belt for me.’
    • ‘To be honest, I have always known that the insult was rather below the belt.’
    • ‘If they're seen as unfair, as below the belt, as smear tactics, they can backfire on the candidate in the long term.’
    • ‘Apparently animal analogies are just below the belt.’
    • ‘When you raise money for people and then to have it slapped back in your face - it is just below the belt.’
    unfair, unjust, uncalled for, unjustified, unjustifiable, unacceptable, unreasonable, unsatisfactory, unwarranted, unnecessary, inequitable, off, out of turn
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