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play dirty

To cheat or use deceitful tactics in order to win or succeed at something. Their team started playing dirty as soon as they fell behind, throwing sand into other players' eyes or stepping on people's toes when the ref wasn't looking. I'd watch out for that prosecutor. I heard he isn't afraid to play dirty if it helps him win a case.
See also: dirty, play

play dirty

act in a dishonest or unfair way. informal
See also: dirty, play
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His money, through super model Ayyan Ali, went out of the country and he is using money to play dirty politics and buy votes.
Some people are trying to play dirty politics over Durga Puja.
Saving what little has left is only possible without Gruevski and the clique because those who play dirty always end up in the mud, Bilalli says.
Alex suggests that they play dirty and the siblings join forces to get Fraser out of the picture.
EMMERDALE (ITV, 7pm) WHEN Jai finds out Nikhil might stay on in the village, he decides to play dirty to get him out of his life.
And with Lloyd and Steve still miffed with one another, Andrea and Michelle realise they need to play dirty if the old mates are to build bridges before the cabbie starts a new life in Jersey.
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HOPEFUL: Layla wants Megan is frustrated to see her rival in Jai's office so she starts to play dirty, warning Leyla that Jai would be mad to consider going into partnership with her.
It was like a throwback to the 1960s and 70s, when the Italian teams would come and teach us how to play dirty.
It was like a throwback to the 1960s and 70s, when the old Italian teams would come and teach us how to play dirty.
Emmerdale soap star Zoe Henry relishes the chance to play dirty P4&5
FRANCE skipper Thierry Dusautoir has stamped down claims his side will play dirty with Kiwi kingpin Richie McCaw in this morning's World Cup final, writes ADAM HATHAWAY.
NICE guys rarely finish first - there is always someone willing to play dirty to get ahead.
But when you play dirty, everyone around you plays dirty as well and you may find yourself turning up dead.
WE would like to extend our thanks, yet again, to the people of the North East, who have rallied to support our play Dirty Dusting, which is being performed at the Customs House, South Shields, in January.