Low-blow



noun
1.
(in boxing) an illegal blow below the waist of an opponent.
2.
an unfair or unsportsmanlike criticism or attack.

noun phrase

An unfair and malicious stroke; cheap shot: ”They’d be rendered mute if they couldn’t use sports analogies.” ”Low blow, Alice”

[1940s+; fr the illegal blow below the belt in boxing]
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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