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low-down

adjective
1.
mean, underhand, or despicable
noun
2.
information, esp secret or true information
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Word Origin and History for low-down
adj.

also low down, lowdown, "vulgar," 1888, from low (adj.) + down (adv.). Earlier it meant "humble" (1540s). As a noun, 1915, from the adjective, American English.

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Slang definitions & phrases for low-down

low-down

adjective
  1. Vulgar; despicable; vile: a dirty lowdown trick (1888+)
  2. Intense and insinuating, in the blues style: a babe with a low-down voice (1900+ Jazz musicians)
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