take the low road

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take the low road

To utilize a method, practice, or course of action that is unethical, unscrupulous, underhanded, or otherwise base or vile. It's unfair that those who work the hardest will be undermined by those who choose to take the low road to success. I didn't raise my son to be the type of person who would take the low road in life!
See also: low, road, take
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While Donald Trump takes the low road by withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, world leaders like Macron are taking the high road, knowing that clean energy is not only the economic choice, its the responsible choice for communities and the environment.
but then takes the low road to retribution (above).
As management takes the low road, wielding its big stick with greater and greater gusto, the reverberations spread farther from the shop and office floor.