/down"euhn derr"tee/ adj. Informal.
1. unscrupulous; nasty: a down-and-dirty election campaign.

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adj [more \down-and-dirty; most \down-and-dirty]
chiefly US informal
1 : involving methods that are regarded as harsh, unfair, etc.

down-and-dirty business practices

down-and-dirty competition

2 : dirty and in poor condition

The story takes place on the down-and-dirty [=seedy, decrepit] streets of the city.

3 : relating to harsh and unpleasant subjects in an honest and often shocking way

I told them the down-and-dirty truth.

a down-and-dirty interview

4 : basic and practical

We have to get down to the down-and-dirty [=nitty-gritty] details.

: to do or say harsh and unpleasant things

Sometimes you have to get down and dirty with your competitors.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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