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noun

(in boxing) an illegal blow below the waist of an opponent.
an unfair or unsportsmanlike criticism or attack.

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Origin of low blow

First recorded in 1950–55
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Idioms and Phrases with low blow

low blow

An unscrupulous attack; an insult. For example, When my roommate moved out without a word of warning, leaving me to pay the entire rent, that was a low blow, or She wanted to win the argument, but bringing up his failed marriage was a low blow. This term alludes to the illegal practice of hitting an opponent in boxing below the belt. [c. 1950]

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