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dirty

  

      adj   , dirtier, dirtiest  
1    covered or marked with dirt; filthy  
2   
a    obscene; salacious  
dirty books     
b    sexually clandestine  
a dirty weekend     
3    causing one to become grimy  
a dirty job     
4    (of a colour) not clear and bright; impure  
5    unfair; dishonest; unscrupulous; unsporting  
6    mean; nasty  
a dirty cheat     
7    scandalous; unkind  
a dirty rumour     
8    revealing dislike or anger  
a dirty look     
9    (of weather) rainy or squally; stormy  
10    (of an aircraft) having projections into the airstream, such as lowered flaps  
11    (of a nuclear weapon) producing a large quantity of radioactive fallout or contamination  
   Compare       clean       5  
12    be dirty on     (Austral)  
slang   to be offended by or be hostile towards  
13    dirty dog   a despicable person  
14    dirty linen  
Informal   intimate secrets, esp. those that might give rise to gossip  
15    dirty word  
a    an obscene word  
b    something that is regarded with disapproval  
federalism is a dirty word     
16    dirty work   unpleasant or illicit activity  
17    do the dirty on     (Brit)  
informal   to behave meanly or unkindly towards  
      vb   , dirties, dirtying, dirtied  
18    to make or become dirty; stain; soil  
  dirtily      adv  
  dirtiness      n  


dirty realism  
      n   a style of writing, originating in the U.S. in the 1980s, which depicts in great detail the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life  
  dirty realist      n  
dirty trick  
      n  
1    a malicious and contemptible action  
2    pl  
a    underhand activity and machinations in political or governmental affairs  
b    (as modifier)  
dirty-tricks operation     
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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
adj.
low; cheap, dirty, sluttish (as behavior and/or look)
n.
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')

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