do (one) dirt(y)(redirected from do them dirty)
do (one) dirt(y)
slang To mistreat or deceive one. I can't believe that you're the one who did me dirty and sabotaged my presentation! That traveling salesman sure did me dirty by running off with my money.
do someone dirt(y)
Rur. to do something bad or dishonest to someone. He sure did his wife dirty, leaving her like that. She did me dirt when we divided up the things mother left us.
See also: dirt
do someone dirtor
do the dirt on someoneAMERICAN
If someone does you dirt or does the dirt on you, they betray you or treat you very badly. They tell me you have done me dirt. Tell me it ain't true. There is an unofficial biography out of Nancy Reagan which is doing the dirt on her all over the place. Note: The usual British expression is do the dirty on someone.
do someone dirtharm someone maliciously. informal
1939 Nathaniel West The Day of the Locust I remember those who do me dirt and those who do me favors.
do someone dirt
tv. to do ill to someone; to harm someone’s reputation. It seemed that the lawyer was determined to do me dirt right there in the courtroom.