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low-down

1. adjective (used prenominally) Dishonest or unfair; vile or despicable; contemptible. The guy I've been seeing turned out to be a low-down, cheating rat! You're nothing but a low-down coward, you know that? My low-down boss fired me, even though it was his mistake that lost us the client!
2. noun The truth, facts, or most pertinent information about something. OK, here's the low-down: I've got a great business opportunity lined up, but I need to borrow a few thousand dollars to get it off the ground. This is Jane—she'll give you the low-down on day-to-day tasks around the office.

*lowdown (on someone or something)

the full story about someone or something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I need to get the lowdown on John. Is he still an accountant? Sally wants to get the lowdown on the new pension plan. Please tell her all about it.

the lowdown on

The whole truth about something, as in We're waiting to hear the lowdown on what happened after we left. This term uses lowdown in the sense of "the basic or fundamental part." [Slang; early 1900s]
See also: lowdown, on

lowdown

1. mod. rotten; bad. What a dirty, lowdown thing to do.
2. n. the facts on something; the scuttlebutt about something. What’s the lowdown on that funny statue in the park?
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Get the low down on inventory management and demand for the company's products as well as outlook for the rest of the year.
The Low Down Payment Home Mortgage initiative was developed through the collaborative efforts of Fannie Mae; NTIC; and NTIC community-group affiliates such as CIOP, and is designed so that local lenders, such as National City, can help more low- and moderate-income borrowers purchase homes.
Relive your past as you chase the low down, sidewinder Mad Dog and his band of cutthroats to save the town mayor and his daughter.
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