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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!
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Full marks to all for not taking the low road but instead performing one of the great classical works in a manner that will stay with them and their audience for a very long time.
He asks a pained question, that must be a wake up call to many leaders: "Why are so many leaders taking the low road of compromised integrity; when the dangers and certain harm appear obvious to us bystanders?
Interestingly enough, many repair shop folks wrote in protesting this was all the insurance carrier's idea, and even if the carrier was taking the low road, the repair shop would do the right thing by the client.
But after taking the low road to New Douglas Park from PSV Eindhoven he's on a mission to prove them all wrong.
Like Gerhard Richter, Oehlen has developed a mode of abstract painting that follows John Cage's advice to "have nothing to say and say it," but Oehlen, in contrast with Richter's high-mindedness, insists on taking the low road.
The latest dustup between the Republican presidential candidate and the "All the News that's fit to Print" big-name newspaper centered on the editorial board's back-to-back criticisms of McCain, one dispatch accusing him of taking the low road and another contending that he was playing politics with race.
In hiring a Pellicano, attorneys are announcing that they're taking the low road, so get out of the way.
According to Reich, the answer lies in choosing between taking the low road or taking the high road.
Offbeat travel writer Tim Moore takes a break after viewing the cathedral at Amiens in the paperback edition of his book, Continental Drifter - Taking The Low Road With The First Grand Tourist.
It was admittedly cutting hairs, but we made (the decision not to name Spangler) in the interests of taking the high road and in keeping with our station's policy, as opposed to taking the low road just because the other stations (Channels 2 and 4) were doing it," he said.
CONTINENTAL DRIFTER: Taking the low road with the first grand tourist by Tim Moore (Abacus, pb, pp370, 10.
In fact, the long-term payoff from boosting worker loyalty and security and from retaining experienced workers can exceed the more immediate financial benefits of taking the low road.
I'm banking on him taking the low road, so I can whip along the high road and warn the long-eared ones that the bunny killer is on his way.
That means continuing to provide good, middle class jobs and not taking the low road of outsourcing, layoffs and cost shifting in order to meet competitive challenges," said CWA District 9 Vice President Jim Weitkamp.
For a start, this England campaign has already bucked the anxiety-inducing trend of taking the low road out of the group stages.
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