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hit (someone) below the belt

To unfairly target another person's weakness or vulnerability. The phrase refers to boxing, in which hitting an opponent below the waist is unacceptable. I know she really wants the promotion, but she really hit me below the belt by telling the boss about my personal problems.
See also: below, belt, hit

hit below the belt

To unfairly target another person's weakness or vulnerability. The phrase refers to boxing, in which hitting an opponent below the waist is unacceptable. I know she really wants the promotion, but she hit below the belt when she told the boss about my personal problems.
See also: below, belt, hit

hit someone below the belt

 
1. Lit. [for a boxer] to strike an opponent below the belt. (An unfair blow.) The champ hit the contender below the belt and the crowd began to boo like fury. Fred was hit below the belt and suffered considerably.
2. Fig. to deal someone an unfair blow. That's not fair! You told them I was the one who ordered the wrong-size carpet. That's hitting me below the belt. Todd hit below the belt when he said it was all her fault because she had become ill during the trip.
See also: below, belt, hit

below the belt, hit

Not behave according to the rules or decency, unfairly, as in Bringing up my mother's faults-that's really hitting below the belt. The term comes from boxing, where according to the Marquis of Queensberry Rules (1865) a fighter may punch his opponent only in the upper body or head. For a synonym, see low blow; also see under one's belt.
See also: below, hit
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Dan Lydiate was also prepared to hit below the belt, but a little too low when he handed Jules Plisson an easy kick.
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Those whom Cowasjee's writings hit below the belt, particularly in the environment establishment and the land and property mafia, had dubbed him as 'Bacwasjee' and he was often threatened with dire consequences.
There's nothing the matter with a little professional rivalry, but don't hit below the belt, I told them.
But his 26th victory and second win in Las Vegas was disputed by veteran southpaw Judah, who claimed he had been hit below the belt.
When they could not get what they wanted, they hit below the belt.