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A word, phrase, or concept considered taboo or that is no longer approved of; something that has the potential to cause the same offense that an obscenity would. Ever since Jason won the lottery, he considers "work" to be a dirty word. When it comes to politics, "tax increases" might as well be a dirty word.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. a swearword; an obscene or blasphemous word; a four-letter word. You are not allowed to use dirty words in your school essays. My aunt is offended by the use of dirty words.
2. something that is disliked or disapproved of. Since Tom broke off his engagement, his name is a dirty word in the village. Socialism is a dirty word in that house.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
a dirty word
COMMON If something is a dirty word to someone, they disapprove of it and reject it. At the root of the company's problems was the misplaced belief that good products sell themselves. Marketing was a dirty word with them. Wolfe asks why `feminism' has become a dirty word, even among women.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
a dirty ˈworda thing or an idea that somebody finds unpleasant or offensive: Work is a dirty word to these lazy kids.
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
n. a curse word; an informal word concerned with sex or excrement. Some kid got the microphone and yelled a dirty word into it.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.