Definition of lowdown in US English:



  • Mean and unfair.

    ‘dirty lowdown tricks’
    • ‘Every malicious, dirty, low-down trick was fair game.’
    • ‘You'll say it's dirty low-down business; but what if it is?’
    • ‘This was such a low-down comment to make, that he stared up at him in shock.’
    • ‘Of course, you'll have to consult me about him first, just in case he's a low-down bastard in disguise.’
    • ‘The rigorous enforcement of intellectual property rights is really, really starting to look like low-down bullying.’
    • ‘‘That was a low-down Yankee trick,’ he intones.’
    • ‘‘Why you low-down piece of scum,’ Annabelle hissed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘He is famous for the low-down tactic of setting up imaginary, exaggerated villains and dangers and then heroically shooting them down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The best-selling author delivers an absorbing and provocative new novel about the low-down schemes and broken dreams that follow a fractured marriage.’
    • ‘I think we both recognised that what we had done was, all in all, a low-down thing.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 lowdown
  • The true facts or relevant information about something.

    ‘get the lowdown on the sit-in’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For those of you who have been living in suspense, this is the low-down on kale asparagus from the Heritage Seed Library people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At some point I'll preview each position, so you have the low-down on free agents, with another day of predictions.’
    • ‘Thanks to Laura, who found their site, we now have the low-down on The Stills.’
    • ‘Graduates can also get the low-down on the social life enjoyed by KPMG staff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Star guests will give the low-down on the latest 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.’
    • ‘Come with me as I give you the low-down on all the latest movie releases.’
    • ‘Before the show we sneaked a look backstage to get the low-down on the make-up artists.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We can't tell you what to do, but we can give you the low-down on lying.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We'll also give you the low-down on Quality of Service, and why you're going to want it.’
    • ‘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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