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low blow

An unscrupulous attack; an insult. For example, When my roommate moved out without a word of warning, leaving me to pay the entire rent, that was a low blow , or She wanted to win the argument, but bringing up his failed marriage was a low blow. This term alludes to the illegal practice of hitting an opponent in boxing below the belt. [c. 1950]
See also: blow, low

low blow

n. an unfair blow. (see also hit (someone) below the belt.) Coming in like that unannounced was a pretty low blow.
See also: blow, low
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After Golota's second low blow of the seventh round the referee called the disqualification.
Lewis v Tyson - Sportingodds: 20 Tyson to be shown on Sky biting Lewis, 12 either fighter to win on split decision, 10 Tyson to swear in post-fight Sky interview, 8 Tyson to be disqualified, 6 Lewis to take a count but still win, 4 Lewis to lose in first three rounds, 7-2 neither fighter to be knocked down in the fight, 6-4 either boxer to be deducted a point for low blows,
But Judah thought Drakulich's count was to give him time to recover from the low blow and only realised his error too late.
I like Jamie and I didn't plan to do it, it just happened after he caught me with a low blow.
Calzaghe said: "Hopkins was head-butting me, hitting me with low blows and cheating.
And when Hopkins went down in the 10th, doubling over in a neutral corner and protesting about the alleged low blow which replays suggested had never come, it seemed the desperate actions of a tired man.
Yet still there is the constant self-criticism, as if Wilkinson blames himself for every low blow.
Sprott was given a count late in the fourth round after taking a low blow.
Wilson couldn't beat the count and delighted Brodie shrugged off claims from the challenger's camp that he won with a low blow.
To say the Merc lawsuit comes as a surprise and is a low blow is an understatement.
AMIR KHAN denied he had dispatched Zab Judah with a low blow to become unified light-welterweight champion.
Slyly increasing the cost of licences is a low blow when this incompetent coalition claims it is reducing red tape and bureaucracy.
THE DECISION to ground Santa's flight to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Hospital, Crumlin, is a low blow.
Last week's pounds 10 winner was Brian Rogers from Denbigh who had David Moyes saying to Sir Alex Ferguson: "This time it's me on the end of a low blow.