be below the belt

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be below the belt

To unfairly target another person's weakness or vulnerability. The phrase refers to boxing, in which hitting an opponent below the waist is unacceptable. I know she really wants the promotion, but telling the boss about my personal problems was below the belt.
See also: below, belt
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I USUALLY enjoy reading Lucy Sweet's column, but Monday's snippet on Coleen McLoughlin's bald patch was below the belt.