Definition of hit someone below the belt in US English:

hit someone below the belt

phrase

Boxing
  • 1Give one's opponent an illegal low blow.

    • ‘Then Machimane hit Nel below the belt and the fight was temporarily stopped to give the champion time to recover.’
    • ‘He described Dube as a ‘dirty’ boxer who was always hitting him below the belt and throwing punches after the bell.’
    • ‘The bout turned nasty in the fourth, when Johnson - for the second time in the fight - hit Ruiz below the belt with a hard left hook.’
    1. 1.1 Behave unfairly to someone, especially so as to gain an unfair advantage.
      • ‘‘Pattni appears to have hit Kenya below the belt at a time when the country was at its weakest,’ wrote the East African Standard.’
      • ‘First you hit them below the belt by making it harder for them to get elected.’
      • ‘‘The department is hitting us below the belt,’ said Mbilini.’
      • ‘Carly is hurt by the comment and it hits her below the belt.’
      • ‘If all of them are forced to pay royalty for every song they sing, they will be hit below the belt.’
      • ‘To top it all off, Walter's sudden fierceness hit her below the belt, and her legs suddenly went wobbly with desire.’