Hit below the belt

Idiom

Hit below the belt

Definition

To refer to an unfair or unethical action taken to gain an advantage over another

Origin

Derived from the sport of boxing, where hitting an opponent below the waist was considered to be a foul

Examples

He knew he had lost the argument, so he resorted to hitting below the belt by insulting her.

Her comments were a hit below the belt and she was disqualified from the debate.

FAQs

When is it considered to be hitting below the belt?

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