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dirty pool

noun, Informal.
1.
unethical, unfair, or unsportsmanlike conduct.
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  • By the pump, the horse-trough, and the dirty pool I knew that there was entertainment there for man and horse.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • The above was in allusion to the old ceremony of being dragged through the dirty pool to be made a Freeman of the town of Alnwick.

  • Most of these were actually dry, but many of them contained a dirty pool of stagnant water.

    In Indian Mexico (1908) Frederick Starr
  • Putting the poor animal's head into this dirty pool, and keeping it there till it was nearly suffocated.

    The Young Musician Horatio Alger
  • We do not invite woman into the "dirty pool of politics," nor does she intend to enter that pool.

  • Two of them bear on their heads each a large basket of dirty clothes they are taking to some dirty pool to wash.

    Wintering in the Riviera William Miller
  • Frank, my son, I hope thee will not attempt to drink from a dirty pool because a pure stream flows into it.

Slang definitions & phrases for dirty pool

dirty pool

noun phrase

Unethical and dubious practice; dirty tricks: triggered ugly accusations of dirty pool (1956+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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