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low blow

1. Literally, a punch or blow struck beneath one's navel or belt line, typically considered unfair or unsportsmanlike. I stood up to confront the man for taking the money, but he landed a low blow and ran off while I was stunned. OK, I want a good, clean fight—no low blows, you hear me?
2. An attack or insult on someone that is considered particularly unscrupulous, unfair, or underhanded. I thought their campaign ad bringing up my divorce was an especially low blow. That's a low blow, Jeff. I simply couldn't afford to help pay for Mom's treatment at the time, and you know that!
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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]
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low blow

n. an unfair blow. (see also hit (someone) below the belt.) Coming in like that unannounced was a pretty low blow.
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After Golota's second low blow of the seventh round the referee called the disqualification.
He hit me with a low blow, the ref said stop and he hit me again - I don't even know what with.
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,
A level eighth round was highlighted by more squabbles over low blows from both men and the crowd turned on the Belfast man.
In the fourth round, Redondo suffered a knockdown when he dropped his guard to complain to Referee Teddy Alivio about being hit by low blows.
The 23-year-old felt he had been the victim of a low blow and the butt was a "natural reaction.
Calzaghe, who bled from the bridge of his nose in the opening round and was harshly penalised for a supposed low blow in round 10 from which panting Hopkins was given three minutes to recover, was in no mood for niceties.
Late in the tenth, when losing any foothold in the fight on the judges' scorecards, Judah landed a ridiculous low blow which even had women at ringside wincing.
During the 10th round, Judah hit Mayweather with a vicious low blow to the groin, then followed up with an illegal rabbit punch to the back of Mayweather's head as he was hunched over in pain.
Sprott was given a count late in the fourth round after taking a low blow.
The low blow came after Mirovic had almost pushed Williams over the top rope as he leaned on and the finish followed quickly, but Williams was far from happy with what had gone before.
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.
It was a controversial round that started with Fury being warned for delivering a low blow that had the American kneeling on the canvas to regain his breath.
THIEVES have delivered a low blow to charities in Mirfield.