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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
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