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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.
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play dirty

act in a dishonest or unfair way. informal
See also: dirty, play
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But on an even more explicit level than this, the joke on the cover of Playing Dirty is a visual one.
Playing dirty has bever been part of my game FELIPE MASSA
The Twits delight in playing dirty tricks on each other.
Stating that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is playing dirty politics, Pradhan also sought Patnaik's clarification on the matter.
Prady is a big brand, and Alicia's team is not going to stop at playing dirty in the politics arena.
Published -- Monday 10 February 2014This is with reference to the article "Turkey: Playing dirty will serve none" (Feb.8) by Harun Yahya.
have not desisted from playing dirty war in Kashmir to forcibly wed it with India."
We're playing dirty reggae, which is a very specific sound from a very specific time.
Letitia Dean is famous for playing Dirty Den's 'princess' on EastEnders but this Christmas she will be slipping on the tiara of Princess Apricot Crumble in the Birmingham Hippodrome's panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Summary: Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India] December 23 (ANI): Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is playing dirty games to hide its own scams.
He said that the nation is thinking that Sharif brothers are playing dirty politics to prolong their government in Punjab.
UNITE regional secretary Gerard Coyne accused the council of playing dirty by leaking wage figures that had 'no reality' in what the majority of binmen earn.