The-lowdown

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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