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[n. loh-doun; adj. loh-doun] /n. ˈloʊˌdaʊn; adj. ˈloʊˈdaʊn/
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
1540-1550
1540-50; low1 + down1
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Examples from the web for lowdown
  • Here he gives us the lowdown on the heights of human performance.
  • Here, briefly, is the lowdown on what certain astronomers are too lazy to find out for themselves.
  • The honest lowdown on travel products, gadgets and trends.
  • They are simply lowdown variations of the old-fashioned genus tramp.
  • Get the lowdown on several highway innovations through the medium of video.
British Dictionary definitions for lowdown

low-down

adjective
1.
mean, underhand, or despicable
noun
2.
information, esp secret or true information
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