Definition of low blow in English:

low blow


  • 1An illegal blow that strikes below an opponent's waist.

    ‘the referee hadn't seen the low blow and declined to call a timeout’
    • ‘I saw him perform that same routine once against a fighter who'd landed probably two dozen low blows in the course of the match.’
    • ‘When you're in the ring you'll hear the roar of the crowd changing depending on the on-screen action; throw an illegal low blow and you'll summon tons of boo's and disgruntled reactions.’
    • ‘He was deducted two points for low blows.’
    • ‘But each knock-down was ruled out as Moore was adjudged to have caught his opponent with low blows.’
    • ‘Then in the eighth round Ruiz had to wait five minutes to resume after another Johnson low blow.’
    1. 1.1An unfair or unsportsmanlike comment.
      ‘his mockery of Elizabeth's work seemed like a low blow’
      • ‘We want our teachers valued and respected, we want to support them and encourage them but these low blows that supposedly indicate why teachers should be given a pay rise make that support and respect difficult to maintain.’
      • ‘But it doesn't follow from my post that I am trying to exclude anything and ‘elitist’ is a low blow.’
      • ‘For a moment, he looks almost moved, vulnerable even, so I decide to strike a low blow.’
      • ‘Arresting a journalist for spying is a pretty low blow, and I expect nothing more than a show trial at best.’
      • ‘My first choice so sickened me, and it was such a low blow, that I was dissuaded from using it.’
      • ‘I guess the Republicans are forced to go for the low blow here.’
      • ‘Officials from both parties say the typical Dayton resident has grown weary of glitzy ad campaigns and superficial low blows.’
      • ‘It was a low blow, and possibly a political misjudgment, but it reflected the determination in government ranks yesterday to fight back and quash a rebellion that could humiliate the prime minister.’
      • ‘It's a pretty low blow to use it, even in a fight.’
      • ‘A fair comparison on records is never a low blow.’
      • ‘And it's very hard to see where discussing his misuse of federal education money was somehow a low blow.’
      • ‘This was not the time to fight, not the time to exchange cheap shots and low blows for sure.’
      • ‘That's a low blow Trev, the fact that his wife of two months tried the sushi and he didn't.’
      • ‘But also because it sets up every news outlet for the same low blow.’
      • ‘Of course, being a discerning and witty individual, (otherwise you wouldn't be here) you aren't going to resort to such a low blow.’
      • ‘In this age of partisan attacks and free-for-all political smearing, we've seen one low blow follow another after another.’
      • ‘But having him degrade you in such a way, I think, you know, here again was a low blow.’
      • ‘He then struck a low blow, musing that it would cost less to hire him to make films in Scotland than it was costing to build the new parliament.’
      • ‘Sure it was a low blow, but it was something I didn't actually care about at the moment since it was clear she had no intention of sugarcoating whatever she wanted to say.’
      • ‘You know, he delivered some low blows, but they weren't questioning his patriotism.’