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British Dictionary definitions for low-down

low-down

adjective
  1. mean, underhand, or despicable
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noun lowdown
  1. information, esp secret or true information
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  • It was a low-down trick and I'm ashamed of myself for proposing it.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Low-down trick of the old woman's, wasn't it, giving you the shake that way?

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Perhaps that was a low-down thing to say, but I couldn't help lettin' it come.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Every one knocks instead of boosts, and tells us how low-down we are.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • You low-down skunk, what have you been saying about me to the governor?

    The Trembling of a Leaf

    William Somerset Maugham


Word Origin and History for low-down

adj.

also low down, lowdown, "vulgar," 1888, from low (adj.) + down (adv.). Earlier it meant "humble" (1540s). As a noun, 1915, from the adjective, American English.

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