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I am walking on the mud, down and dirty!

What does "down" mean?

  • Actually, I think you have to consider the entire phrase "down and dirty". My impression is that it conveys a feeling that the person does not often walk in the mud and is having fun. But, it could have different meanings depending on the context. – Em. Jun 7 '16 at 1:38
  • Is this something you read? Is it a song lyric? Do you have a link that shows its use in context? – Alan Carmack Jun 7 '16 at 4:36
  • I forget where I read maybe on a post and that's the words shows below – Maly Jun 8 '16 at 0:08
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In your passage

down and dirty

literally refers to the mud being on ground level ("down") and being "dirty" (since it is mud).

However, it is a play on a well know idiom: "down and dirty".

To get

down and dirty

is to

to get "down" to lowest level of detail (the nitty gritty, the nuts and bolts)

and

to get "dirty"
get one's hands "dirty"

can mean to do something oneself, like a mechanic working on an engine gets into the details and gets their hands "dirty"

here

it can also mean to be unscrupulous, a cheater

a "dirty" dog

  • 1>"can mean to do something oneself, like a mechanic working on an engine" hmm sorry I confused do you mean slang mean for "dirty" Also,>2 to get "down and dirty" Is to get to "down" to lowest level and get to "dirty" btw, what is "get to down to lowest level" mean? Could you give me a example more than appreciate. 3 last, haha>what's down and dirty the idiom mean? what's the play ? I never hear of )) – Maly Jun 7 '16 at 4:00
  • @Maly have edited my answer, hopefully it will help you – Peter Jun 7 '16 at 4:22
  • Appreciated! there is one thing I confused "to get "down" to lowest level of detail (the nitty gritty, the nuts and bolts) " What do you mean the "nitty gritty, the nuts and bolts" ? Are they slang? – Maly Jun 8 '16 at 0:04
  • I just looked up " DOWN AND DIRTY" . It's showed up a RACE. So if you don't mind? would you tell me what's the different between the word " play " and " race" Thank you very much Mr Peter – Maly Jun 8 '16 at 0:06
  • "Nuts and bolts" means something is very basic since "nuts and bolts" hold things together (doesn't get more basic than that). Screws and glue also hold things together, but that's not a common expression... – Peter Jun 8 '16 at 0:35

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