low-down or low·down (lōdoun)
1. Despicable; base: a low-down coward.
a. Gloomy; depressed.
b. Earthy; funky: a low-down blues song.
Correct information or details: "It's hard not to read this book as a riposte of sorts, although anyone expecting the low-down on the judging process ... will be disappointed" (Tom Shone).
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