below the belt

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a. A flexible band, as of leather or cloth, worn around the waist or over a shoulder to hold up clothing, secure tools or weapons, or serve as decoration.
b. Something resembling a belt, as a number of machine-gun rounds attached together in a strip.
2. An encircling route.
3. A seat belt or safety belt.
4. A continuous band or chain for transferring motion or power or conveying materials from one wheel or shaft to another.
5. A band of tough reinforcing material beneath the tread of a tire.
6. A usually bandlike geographic region that is distinctive in a specific respect. Often used in combination: "This is America's rural poverty belt" (Charles Kuralt).
7. A powerful blow; a wallop.
8. A drink of hard liquor.
tr.v. belt·ed, belt·ing, belts
1. To equip, hold up, or attach with a belt: belted my trousers; belted the sword to her waist.
2. To encircle or mark in the manner of a belt: The equator belts the earth.
3. To beat with a belt or strap.
4. To strike forcefully; hit.
5. To sing in a loud and forceful manner: belt out a song.
6. To swig (an alcoholic beverage).
below the belt
Not according to the rules; unfairly.
tighten (one's) belt
To begin to exercise thrift and frugality.
under (one's) belt
In one's possession or experience: "By his mid-teens, Liszt had three years of intensive concertizing under his belt" (Musical Heritage Review).

[Middle English, from Old English, from Germanic *baltijaz, from Latin balteus, belt, baldric, possibly of Etruscan origin.]

below the belt

Foul punch below the waistline, especially in the groin area.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.below the belt - disregarding the rules (from the notion of an illegal low blow in boxing); "her accusations were below the belt"
boxing, pugilism, fisticuffs - fighting with the fists
unfair, unjust - not fair; marked by injustice or partiality or deception; "used unfair methods"; "it was an unfair trial"; "took an unfair advantage"
Adv.1.below the belt - in an unfair mannerbelow the belt - in an unfair manner; "they dealt with him unfairly"; "their accusations hit below the belt"
References in classic literature ?
One afternoon, after twenty minutes of desperate efforts to annihilate each other according to set rules that did not permit kicking, striking below the belt, nor hitting when one was down, Cheese-Face, panting for breath and reeling, offered to call it quits.
Put yourself in my place; feel as mean as I did, as ashamed as I felt -- wouldn't YOU have struck below the belt to get even?
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh on Thursday unleashed a below the belt attack on the BJP leader over the latter's personal jibe at Minister of State for Human Resources Development Shashi Tharoor and his wife Sunanda Pushkar recently.
And when asked about Barlow's controversial "fag ash breath" comment to Tulisa, Jade said: "I think that was a little bit below the belt.
But his 26th victory and second win in Las Vegas was disputed by veteran southpaw Judah, who claimed he had been hit below the belt.
London, April 17 (ANI): Kim Kardashian has admitted that she can't stand having hair on her body, but wants her man to let them go natural, especially in the region below the belt.
Arthur, 30, claimed the win, which gave him a first major title, despite having two points deducted for punching below the belt.
These rollers extend above and below the belt surface.
But Boyd said yesterday: "I think I've shown before I've got the passion needed to play for my country so I think that comment was a bit below the belt.
But the voices he brings to life so vividly seem removed from a world where racist juvenile and criminal justice systems are locking up supposedly hung Black men at astonishing rates even as society debates how they measure up below the belt.
But his latest piece of Pom-bashing is as below the belt as a strike from a Springbok second row.