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    a phrase

    what does "down and dirty" mean?

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    Re: a phrase

    It's similar to a "rough draft." It's the basic information, quickly. It's not elegant and doesn't include the polite aspects that might usually be included.

    example -
    I'm sorry to say that your watch appears to be broken and I'm not sure that it can be repaired.

    The down and dirty version - Your watch is broken and it can't be fixed.

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    Re: a phrase

    1. down and dirty= a) intently and fiercely competitive, often unscrupulously

    Keeping his cool has never been easy for (him) in the playoffs-when
    opponents do their down and dirty best to bewitch, bother and bewilder

    b)bawdy (indecent, vulgar and coarse)
    lewd (driven by lust, indecent, lustful)

    2. down and dirty = vicious , not governed by rules of decency

    The candidates are getting down and dirty early in the campaign.

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