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"dirty" in British English

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dirtyadjective

uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/  us   /ˈdɝː.t̬i/
  • dirty adjective (NOT CLEAN)

A2 not ​clean: Her ​face was dirty and tear-stained.

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  • dirty adjective (NOT POLITE)

informal used to ​describe something that is ​connected with ​sex, in a way that many ​peoplethink is ​offensive: a dirty magazine/​movie/​joke You have a really dirty mind!

dirtyadverb

uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/  us   /ˈdɝː.t̬i/

dirtyverb [T]

uk   /ˈdɜː.ti/  us   /ˈdɝː.t̬i/
to make something dirty: Don't ​sit on the ​floor - you might dirty ​yourdress.
(Definition of dirty from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dirty" in American English

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dirtyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /ˈdɜr·t̬i/
having esp. ​dirt on the ​surface of something: He ​left his dirty ​towels on the ​bathroomfloor.
unfair or ​dishonest: That was a dirty ​trick – ​telling me you were out of ​town when you were ​right here all the ​time!
Dirty is also used to ​emphasize how ​strongly you ​feel that something is ​wrong or ​bad: That’s a dirty ​lie!

dirtyverb [T]

 us   /ˈdɜr·t̬i/
  • dirty verb [T] (GET DIRT ON)

to ​allow something to get ​dirt on it: Don’t ​sit on the ​ground – you’ll dirty ​your new ​suit.
(Definition of dirty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dirty" in Business English

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dirtyadjective

uk   us   /ˈdɜːti/
unfair or dishonest: The ​rival company's dirty tricks ​campaign had ​cost it many millions of ​pounds. a dirty ​campaign/​business dirty ​dealings/​politics/​tactics
ENVIRONMENT containing dangerous substances that may be harmful to the ​environment: dirty ​air dirty coal ​plants
do sb's dirty work
to do something unpleasant or difficult for someone because they do not want to do it themselves: The ​buildingsocieties have done the chancellor's dirty ​work for him, by ​cutting the ​cost of a ​mortgage in anticipation of a ​baseratecut.
quick and dirty
produced quickly and without ​spending much ​money: Developers make quick and dirty ​versions of the ​finalproduct so that the ​client can ​interact with it and ​providefeedback.
(Definition of dirty from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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