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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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Never has an Italian menu been recited so dirtily as by the sexy Sabedoria in Wastie's Make a meal out of me.
So could the gardener's dirtin-the-fingernails philosophy, if interpreted broadly and dirtily enough.
And that's why a bewildered political establishment, threatened by forces he's unleashing and the social movement he's building, fights so dirtily to destroy a decent bloke who refuses to play by their rules.
Offering essential history lessons for ands who dirtily recall the name Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, but not necessarily her impressive achievements, Lelia Doolan's film entertains as well as educates, thanks to her highly engaging subject and rich treasure trove of archival clips.
Nor is there any suggestion that Wolves or Swansea play dirtily and attract more cards than most other teams in the league.
I might say that most of this machinery runs on electricity, which in this country is largely generated dirtily (that is, by coal-fired power station) so there is, like it or not, a moral issue at stake.