low blow


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low blow

n.
1. Sports An illegal blow in boxing that lands below the opponent's waist.
2. An unscrupulous attack; an insult.

low′ blow′


n.
1. an illegal blow below an opponent's waist in boxing.
2. an unfair or unsportsmanlike criticism or attack.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.low blow - unscrupulous abuse
contumely, insult, revilement, vilification, abuse - a rude expression intended to offend or hurt; "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse"; "they yelled insults at the visiting team"
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The Mexican was awkward throughout the three rounds on Friday night, rolling around on the canvas after a borderline low blow while he was reluctant to engage at any stage.
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Referee Wayne Kelly disqualified the Polish fighter for his fourth low blow and this prompted members of Bowe's camp to jump into the ring and start throwing punches at Golota.
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London, Aug 24 (ANI): American boxer Zab Judah has launched a protest over his last month's defeat by Brit-Indian counterpart Amir Khan, insisting that a low blow cost him his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-welterweight crown.
When the end came it was shrouded in controversy, with Judah claiming he had been felled by a low blow after Khan drove a right uppercut through the middle that landed just above the waistline of the shorts.
FOUL PLAY: Bernard Hopkins reacts to a low blow from Roy Jones
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I was disqualified in the seventh for a low blow when it was a perfect body shot.
Pearson said he went down on one knee after receiving a low blow and the fight was stopped even though he got up and landed the final punch.
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