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      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  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
      adj   , dirtier, dirtiest  
1    covered or marked with dirt; filthy  
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  
1    a malicious and contemptible action  
2    pl  
a    underhand activity and machinations in political or governmental affairs  
b    (as modifier)  
dirty-tricks operation     

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    begrimed, filthy, foul, grimy, grotty     (slang)   grubby, grungy     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   messy, mucky, muddy, nasty, polluted, scuzzy     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   soiled, sullied, unclean  
2    blue, indecent, obscene, off-colour, pornographic, risqué, salacious, sleazy, smutty, vulgar, X-rated     (informal)  
3    clouded, dark, dull, miry, muddy, not clear  
4    corrupt, crooked, dishonest, fraudulent, illegal, treacherous, unfair, unscrupulous, unsporting  
5    base, beggarly, contemptible, cowardly, despicable, ignominious, low, low-down     (informal)   mean, nasty, scurvy, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile  
6    angry, annoyed, bitter, choked, indignant, offended, resentful, scorching  
7      (of weather)   gusty, louring or lowering, rainy, squally, stormy  
8    begrime, blacken, defile, foul, mess up, muddy, pollute, smear, smirch, smudge, soil, spoil, stain, sully  
,       adj  
1    clean, pure  
2    clean, decent  
4    decent, honest, moral, reputable, respectable, upright  
7    pleasant  
      vb   clean, tidy up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
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')
An apron is a piece of clothing that you put on over the front of your normal clothes and tie round your waist, especially when you are cooking, in order to prevent your clothes from getting dirty.
low; cheap, dirty, sluttish (as behavior and/or look)
If something is contaminatedby dirt, chemicals, or radiation, they make it dirty or harmful.
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