hit below the belt

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hit below the belt definition


To say something that is often too personal, usually irrelevant, and always unfair: “To remind reformed alcoholics of their drinking problem is to hit below the belt.” The expression comes from boxing, in which it is illegal to hit an opponent below the belt.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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hit below the belt

see below the belt.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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