To hit below the belt. To strike unfairly. It is prohibited in
prize-fighting to hit below the waistbelt. To call men knaves and
fools, to charge a man with nepotism, to make a slanderous report which
is not actionable, indeed to take away a man's character in any way
where self-defence is impossible, is “hitting him below the belt.”
“Lord Salisbury hits hard, but never hits below the belt.” —Daily
Telegraph, November, 1885.
To hold the belt.
To be the champion. In pugilism, etc., a belt is passed on to the
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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