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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Intently and fiercely competitive, often unscrupulously so: "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 him” ( Phil Anastasia).
  • adj. Informal Bawdy; lewd.


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