take the low road

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take the low road

To utilize a method, practice, or course of action that is unethical, unscrupulous, underhanded, or otherwise base or vile. It's unfair that those who work the hardest will be undermined by those who choose to take the low road to success. I didn't raise my son to be the type of person who would take the low road in life!
See also: low, road, take
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At a rally on Sunday in Roanoke, Virginia, Rubio took the low road.
He covers the columnists who tracked their adventures and misadventures--Cholly Knickerbocher and Walter Winchell who took the low road, and the classy Lucius Beebe, who took the high road.
They took the high road, we took the low road and we all belonged to Glasgow for the rest of the day.
You took the high road and I took the low road and what a happy road it was.
We split in two groups; Rick and I took the high road, and Kyle and Bob took the low road.
Fannie and Freddie are now wards of the federal government--largely because they took the low road to reaching underserved borrowers, following Wall Street's subprime-lending stampede.
And if Timmy took the low road before finding the high one, he wouldn't have travelled alone.
We took the low road by remaining in the car rather than the high road with all those fans choosing overpriced flights,' he said.
So it was yesterday, whether you took the low road and risked flooding, or the high road with its greater risk from raging winds.
DEADLY David Clarkson took the low road to ease Motherwell off the foot of the table.
When the Bush team found that it couldn't go through legal channels and engage Congress in the process, it took the low road, so to speak.
In any event, let it be said that Maddux marched along the high road while Palmeiro took the low road to pile up their extraordinary statistics in pitching and hitting.
One must assume that these officers took the low road by way of the breed's reputation to perpetrate this murder.
Clyde's attack had struggled to win anything in the air against 6ft 7in James, but when they took the low road, it produced a 29thminute equaliser.
Everton - as I've said - were 15th in the table when Walter Smith took the low road.