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lowdown

[n. loh-doun; adj. loh-doun] /n. ˈloʊˌdaʊn; adj. ˈloʊˈdaʊn/ Informal.
noun
1.
the real and unadorned facts; the true, secret, or inside information (usually preceded by the):
We gave them the lowdown on the new housing project.
adjective
2.
contemptible; base; mean:
a lowdown trick.
3.
low, especially socially or morally; degraded.
Origin of lowdown
1540-1550
1540-50; low1 + down1
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  • One is lowdown and contemptible and nasty, and the other is expedient.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • He could be lowdown and vulgar enough to ask right out if he wished.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • You can't give up a lowdown trade That your ancestors began; A butcher butchers things, and yet He's the tenderest-hearted man.

  • En you ain't got no mo' feelin' den to come en tell me, dat fetched sich a po' lowdown ornery rabbit into de worl'!

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • You stinkin, lowdown Mick, youve been givin us dirt all winter.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • He treated me mighty sorry—it was lowdown and mean all the way through, the way he done me—but I didn't mean him no real harm.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb

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