Definition of Below the belt

1. Adjective. Disregarding the rules (from the notion of an illegal low blow in boxing). "Her accusations were below the belt"

Category relationships: Boxing, Fisticuffs, Pugilism
Similar to: Unfair, Unjust



2. Adverb. In an unfair manner. "Their accusations hit below the belt"
Exact synonyms: Unfairly
Antonyms: Fairly
Partainyms: Unfair

Definition of Below the belt

1. Adjective. (boxing) Of a punch, landing illegally, below the opponent's waist. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: by extension) (idiomatic) Unfair; dirty; not according to the generally accepted rules. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Below The Belt

belotte
belout
belov'd
belove
beloved
belovedness
beloveds
beloves
beloving
belovingly
belovite
below
below average
below decks
below par
below the belt (current term)
below the fold
below the salt
belowdecks
belowground
belows
belowstairs
beloxamide
beloxepin
bels
belsire
belswagger
belswaggers
belt
belt-drive

Literary usage of Below the belt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Technical World Magazine (1912)
"HITTING below the belt By ROBERT G. SKERRETT. COMMANDER Cleland Davis, US Navy, has invented a revolutionary torpedo, which profits by all that has been ..."

2. American Medicine (1913)
"Then Mr. Lloyd George struck below the belt. In a speech on Jan. 2nd, before the Advisory Committee to the Insurance Commissioners—the absolute and ..."

3. Blind Alley: Being the Picture of a Very Gallant Gentleman; the Adventures by Walter Lionel George (1919)
"... men in the back instead of the front, because it's safer; that's more like it — hitting below the belt when you get a chance, because it's softer. ..."

4. A Green Tent in Flanders by Maud Mortimer (1917)
"A BLOW below the belt January 28. WE WERE driven into Dunkirk yesterday by M. Maline. At home he has all that wealth can give. ..."

5. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents, Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"see the splendid red star Betelgeuse (bet-el-gerz), and below the belt, at about an equal distance, is the white star Rigel (re-jel). ..."

6. Sculpture I, 1952-1967 by Mary C. Sturgeon (1987)
"The left shoulder and arm are broken off vertically; the torso is broken horizontally below the belt. Although missing the lower torso, Kore B is basically ..."

7. Wild Ginger, Wood Sorrel and Sweet Cicely: Stories of Many Types, New to the by Matt Hoover (1909)
"... there's to be no strikin' below the belt of truth to-day. I want to see brisk work, too. Andy Byrne, a contractor out home, had about three hundred ..."

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