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below the belt

Unfairly targeted at one's weakness or vulnerability. The phrase refers to boxing, in which hitting an opponent below the waist is prohibited. I know she really wants the promotion, but telling the boss about my personal problems was below the belt.
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below the belt

If someone says something that is below the belt, they say something cruel and unfair. He made a joke about her divorce which I thought was a bit below the belt. Note: In boxing, it is against the rules to hit an opponent below the level of their belt.
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below the belt

unfair or unfairly; not in keeping with the rules.
In boxing a blow below the belt is a low, and therefore unlawful, blow.
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below the ˈbelt

(of a comment, attack, etc.) unfair and unkind: Her remarks about his age were a bit below the belt.
This expression comes from boxing, and refers to the rule that forbids boxers from hitting each other below the waist.
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below the belt

Not according to the rules; unfairly.
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