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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They took the high road, we took the low road and we all belonged to Glasgow for the rest of the day.
You took the high road and I took the low road and what a happy road it was.
We split in two groups; Rick and I took the high road, and Kyle and Bob took the low road.
And if Timmy took the low road before finding the high one, he wouldn't have travelled alone.
We took the low road by remaining in the car rather than the high road with all those fans choosing overpriced flights,' he said.
So it was yesterday, whether you took the low road and risked flooding, or the high road with its greater risk from raging winds.
DEADLY David Clarkson took the low road to ease Motherwell off the foot of the table.
One must assume that these officers took the low road by way of the breed's reputation to perpetrate this murder.
Clyde's attack had struggled to win anything in the air against 6ft 7in James, but when they took the low road, it produced a 29thminute equaliser.
CARDIFF took the Low road closer to promotion as they scrambled victory on a night of increasing toil and tension.
In June, he took the low road in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), bleating "I was surprised as you were" about the human rights abuses committed by security forces during his presidency.
My guess is that the Republicans in the chamber who took the low road and laughed in the president's face during his speech will live to regret it.
OUR COMMENTARY: Stocks took the low road today and went on sale for a day.
Once again, the City Council had a chance to stand up for the people of Los Angeles, but took the low road of status quo instead.
BBC1 certainly took the low road when they leaked misleading publicity shots of Kelly and Zoe's supposedly Sapphic snog.