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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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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..
Caleb cackled dirtily, "Yeah, by the end of the tour we all had our own U2 nicknames.
'There's a bit where I'm having a pretend conversation with someone on the phone and Trudy kind of laughs really dirtily, and I thinks she says something like, Ooh you cheeky ***.
Judge Daniel, who said it was a dirtily conducted appeal, was told by Thatcher: "I was blown up by a German tank before you were born."
'There's a song about having relationships with older ladies and there's nothing wrong with older ladies but maybe not quite as old as we are talking about,' laughed Balls dirtily.