hit below the belt


To say something that is often too personal, usually irrelevant, and always unfair: “To remind reformed alcoholics of their drinking problem is to hit below the belt.” The expression comes from boxing, in which it is illegal to hit an opponent below the belt.

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Idioms and Phrases with hit below the belt

hit below the belt

see below the belt.

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