lowdown

[n. loh-doun; adj. loh-doun] 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:
1540–50; low1 + down1

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lowdown
also low down, low-down, "vulgar," 1888, from low (adj.) + down (adv.).
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lowdown definition


  1. mod.
    rotten; bad. : What a dirty, lowdown thing to do.
  2. n.
    the facts on something; the scuttlebuttabout something. : What's the lowdown on that funny statue in the park?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
Get the lowdown on several highway innovations through the medium of video.
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