Definition of low-down in English:



  • Mean and unfair.

    ‘dirty low-down tricks’
    • ‘It gets to suggest day after day that the president misled the American people about matters of life and death, but if the president defends himself he's engaging in the low-down activity known as campaigning.’
    • ‘This was such a low-down comment to make, that he stared up at him in shock.’
    • ‘‘That was a low-down Yankee trick,’ he intones.’
    • ‘Of course, only a low-down sneak would at this point suggest that such a punitive policy should include hefty fines for wealthy parents whose children are found being sick in Leicester Square after completing their exams.’
    • ‘He is famous for the low-down tactic of setting up imaginary, exaggerated villains and dangers and then heroically shooting them down.’
    • ‘They seem hell bent on continuing to police the world, to beat everyone into shape and to ‘get rid of the low-down dirty dogs’.’
    • ‘I think we both recognised that what we had done was, all in all, a low-down thing.’
    • ‘You'll say it's dirty low-down business; but what if it is?’
    • ‘The rigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights is really, really starting to look like low-down bullying.’
    • ‘Being both hormonal teenagers and South American slum-dwellers, the characters revel in a low-down world, where death is used as currency exchange and guns maketh the man.’
    • ‘Of course, you'll have to consult me about him first, just in case he's a low-down bastard in disguise.’
    • ‘‘Why you low-down piece of scum,’ Annabelle hissed.’
    • ‘Every malicious, dirty, low-down trick was fair game.’
    • ‘The best-selling author delivers an absorbing and provocative new novel about the low-down schemes and broken dreams that follow a fractured marriage.’
    unfair, mean, despicable, reprehensible, contemptible, lamentable, disgusting, shameful, low, abject, unworthy, shabby, uncharitable, base, dishonourable, unprincipled, ignoble, sordid, wretched, loathsome, odious, treacherous, underhand
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the low-down
  • The true facts or relevant information about something.

    ‘you get the low-down on where to go and where to stay away from’
    • ‘But what I am not so sure about is the inclusion of this Conservative MP in a weekly column in your paper airing his views on every subject under the sun in the guise of giving us the low-down on events at Westminster.’
    • ‘Before the show we sneaked a look backstage to get the low-down on the make-up artists.’
    • ‘Duty calls, though, and I had to draw my gaze away for the time it takes to give you the low-down on this week's DVD releases.’
    • ‘We follow them on their travels to get the low-down on the next big thing, which, I am told, might just be roast badger.’
    • ‘Just give me 60 seconds and I'll try and give you the low-down.’
    • ‘It's just we got - what happened was - the low-down is they made a really bad mistake.’
    • ‘But the reason I'm talking to Andre today isn't to delve into his family life (not just yet anyway), it's to get the low-down on his new tour, which kicks off this month and reaches Croydon, in April.’
    • ‘You've probably seen some recent stories about vitamin D deficiencies, so here's the low-down on this important nutrient.’
    • ‘Graduates can also get the low-down on the social life enjoyed by KPMG staff.’
    • ‘Thanks to Laura, who found their site, we now have the low-down on The Stills.’
    • ‘For those of you who have been living in suspense, this is the low-down on kale asparagus from the Heritage Seed Library people.’
    • ‘Star guests will give the low-down on the latest releases.’
    • ‘Come with me as I give you the low-down on all the latest movie releases.’
    • ‘We're going to get the low-down on a tech revolution that I, for one, have heard very little about until I got ready to do this program.’
    • ‘Now up to issue 15, blimey that went fast, this highly insightful fortnightly gives you the low-down on the latest buzz rising from the underground.’
    • ‘And it gets worse, as we peek inside the private testing clinic where a mother gets the low-down on how to collect DNA samples from her child's two likeliest fathers by harvesting their sperm.’
    • ‘We'll also give you the low-down on Quality of Service, and why you're going to want it.’
    • ‘At some point I'll preview each position, so you have the low-down on free agents, with another day of predictions.’
    • ‘We can't tell you what to do, but we can give you the low-down on lying.’
    • ‘I'd be interested in learning more about the specific pharmacology involved, especially in their interactions, if anyone has the low-down in more detail.’
    inside information, the whole story, the facts
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