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dirty

1. mod. obscene. The movie was too dirty for me.
2. mod. low and sneaky. What a dirty thing to do!
3. mod. illegal; on the wrong side of the law. (Compare this with clean.) The cops knew that Last Card Louie was dirty, and they searched his car until they found something they could use against him.
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The air they suck in is far dirtier than the air which comes out of it," Speth had said at the Auto Expo.
This is because the firms with dirtier technology have lower costs and produce more output.
Both Roberts and Katz said that the ice is likely dirtier because machines aren't cleaned and people use unwashed hands to scoop ice.
You now have to go back to 1984 for a time when non-OECD countries had a dirtier energy mix.
And to make matters worse the ones flying on the Shaikh Khalifa Bridge are even dirtier and tattier!
and a dirty war is about to get a whole lot dirtier.
Thus, the short-term choice of purchasing equipment that is cheaper but dirtier may have long-term costs in in-creased pollution.
"Most of that 'saved' gasoline will likely be burned somewhere else with potentially dirtier technology, such as China."
When financial times get tough, some take it as a sign to play dirtier. "Hard Numbers" is a thriller of economics as attorney Leland Denton and his client James McKenzie as they dive deep into the sour side of economics, turning to the world of crime to make their fortune when the economy crashes around them.
"There's, like, a billion burned CDs in my car getting dirtier and dirtier as my CD player breaks more and more."
"The Lawmaker" follows aspiring benevolent state senator Wayne Lott as he tries to establish himself in politics but finds it is a much dirtier place than he expects, as he enters a world of bribes and lobbyists.
Cain starts to play even dirtier in the custody battle for Sarah, telling the authorities how Andy used to beat wife Jo.
Summary: Britain's beaches are getting dirtier with the amount of litter more than doubling in the last 15 years.
WITH regard to recent comments (Your Views, 15.10.08) that research claims Northerners are "officially" dirtier than Southerners, the question was: what do you think the differences are between Northerners and Southerners?
Hands were cleanest in London, dirtier in Birmingham and Cardiff, and filthiest in Liverpool and Newcastle.