Definition of low blow in English:

low blow


  • 1Boxing
    An unlawful blow that lands below an opponent's waist.

    ‘the referee hadn't seen the low blow and declined to call a timeout’
    • ‘In the twelfth McGuigan, flailing away in apparent desperation, was penalized a point by referee Richard Steele for a low blow.’
    • ‘The only blemish to Freitas' night was a point deduction for a low blow in round number ten.’
    • ‘Ottke was left gasping for breath by an accidental low blow in the ninth.’
    • ‘Again, Garcia was warned by referee Sam Garza for throwing a low blow.’
    • ‘At one point Tito threw a low blow which entitled Mayorga to a five minute rest.’
    • ‘Ref Rudy Charles went down and Jarrett hit Rhodes with a low blow and got Charles' belt.’
    • ‘In round 8 Yates again interfered in the action when he deducted a point off of Soto-Karas for an inadvertent low blow.’
    • ‘Then in the eighth round Ruiz had to wait five minutes to resume after another Johnson low blow.’
    • ‘He scored a knockdown and Trinidad got penalized a point for a low blow.’
    1. 1.1A comment or tactic regarded as unfair or unkind.
      ‘his mockery of Elizabeth's work seemed like a low blow’
      • ‘To terrorize celebrities' parents because they are more vulnerable is a low blow.’
      • ‘And it's very hard to see where discussing his misuse of federal education money was somehow a low blow.’
      • ‘For a group who had built professional pride around their status as safety and security professionals it was the ultimate low blow.’
      • ‘That move was described by her colleagues as a low blow.’
      • ‘But having him degrade you in such a way, I think, was a low blow.’
      • ‘Workers have copped the ultimate low blow - being forced to teach their Brazilian successors tricks-of-the-trade during their last weeks at the plant.’
      • ‘They will say that criticism of his record on security-related issues unfairly impugns his patriotism and is therefore a low blow.’
      • ‘The SNP supporter then struck a low blow, musing that it would cost less to hire him to make films in Scotland than it was costing to build the new parliament.’