Posted by Bob on October 23, 2004
In Reply to: Get the low down posted by James Briggs on October 23, 2004
: : "Get the low down" on something means finding or determining the truth or facts about a subject. What I am interested in is how it got started and where.
: It could that this is just a variant of the age old saying 'to get to the bottom' of something; ie to get to the roots of the matter.It,too has been around for a while.
"Lowdown" is one word, slang for the trurh. There's also the hyphenated "low-down," an adjective meaning despicable and contempible. Think roots, then snakes.