down and dirty

down-and-dirty

[doun-uhn-dur-tee]
adjective Informal.
1.
unscrupulous; nasty: a down-and-dirty election campaign.
2.
earthy; funky.

Origin:
1985–90

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down and dirty
 
adj
1.  ruthlessly competitive or underhand: if Bush gets down and dirty the Governor will give as good as he gets
2.  uninhibited; frank

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Idioms & Phrases

down and dirty

  1. Vicious, not governed by rules of decency, as in The candidates are getting down and dirty early in the campaign. [Slang; early 1980s]

  2. Very earthy, uninhibitedly sexual. For example, "L.A. club people rarely get down and dirty on a dance floor" (The New Yorker, May 21, 1990). [Late 1980s]

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