down-and-dirty

[doun-uh n-dur-tee]

adjective Informal.

unscrupulous; nasty: a down-and-dirty election campaign.
earthy; funky.

Nearby words

  1. down to the ground,
  2. down to the wire,
  3. down under,
  4. down with,
  5. down's syndrome,
  6. down-and-out,
  7. down-at-heel,
  8. down-at-the-heels,
  9. down-ballot,
  10. down-bow

Origin of down-and-dirty

First recorded in 1985–90

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British Dictionary definitions for down and dirty

down and dirty

adjective (down-and-dirty when prenominal) informal, mainly US

ruthlessly competitive or underhandif Bush gets down and dirty the Governor will give as good as he gets
uninhibited; frank
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Idioms and Phrases with down and dirty

down and dirty

1

Vicious, not governed by rules of decency, as in The candidates are getting down and dirty early in the campaign. [Slang; early 1980s]

2

Very earthy, uninhibitedly sexual. For example, “L.A. club people rarely get down and dirty on a dance floor” (The New Yorker, May 21, 1990). [Late 1980s]

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