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[doun-uh n-dur-tee] /ˈdaʊn ənˈdɜr ti/
adjective, Informal.
unscrupulous; nasty:
a down-and-dirty election campaign.
earthy; funky.
Origin of down-and-dirty
1985-90 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for down and dirty

down and dirty

adjective (down-and-dirty when prenominal) (informal, mainly US)
ruthlessly competitive or underhand: if Bush gets down and dirty the Governor will give as good as he gets
uninhibited; frank
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Slang definitions & phrases for down and dirty

down and dirty

adjective phrase

Nasty; low; vicious and deceptive •Also uttered in seven-card stud poker as the last cards are dealt face down: Mississippi: A Down and Dirty Campaign/ This is down-and-dirty time. Just witness Rizzo's angry characterization of Goode (1950s+)

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Idioms and Phrases with down and dirty

down and dirty

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