• Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
    Coming Out! dirty, tired and grinning
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dirtying the act of soiling something
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  • H. Ross Perot
    “The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil before the settlers, before the Indians. The evil is there waiting.”
  • George Burns
    “It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow, does the enlightened man dislike to wade into its waters.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have; and I think he's a dirty little beast.”


Air your dirty laundry in public - If you air your dirty laundry in public, you reveal aspects of your private life that should really remain private, by telling a secret, arguing in public, etc.
Dirty dog - A dirty dog is an untrustworthy person.
Do their dirty work - Someone who does someone's dirty work, carries out the unpleasant jobs that the first person doesn't want to do. Someone who seems to enjoy doing this is sometimes known as a 'henchman'.
Don't wash your dirty laundry in public - (UK) People, especially couples, who argue in front of others or involve others in their personal problems and crises, are said to be washing their dirty laundry in public; making public things that are best left private. (In American English, 'don't air your dirty laundry in public' is used.)
Down and dirty - Down and dirty means unscrupulous and very competitive.
Get your hands dirty - If you get your hands dirty, you become involved in something where the realities might compromise your principles. It can also mean that a person is not just stuck in an ivory tower dictating strategy, but is prepared to put in the effort and hard work to make the details actually happen.


In literature:

Always gets dirty again.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Whew, but it was a dirty camp.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Dirty playthings, dirty nipples, dirty bottles, dirty floors.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
They are as insolent and dirty as Turks.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Then I climbed too, and found myself in a dirty, garret-like place, lit by the rays falling through about a score of pigeon-holes.
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
It was damp, dirty, and in a most miserable condition.
"Recollections of Old Liverpool" by A Nonagenarian
We had as our personal servant and interpreter combined a very dirty Hadji Abdullah, half Persian, half Arab.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Her hair and garments stuck out from her in wild dishevelment, but she was not dirty.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was a pre-eminently dirty hand, and formed a remarkable contrast to the little hands that grasped it!
"Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished" by R.M. Ballantyne
There, you'd better stay below yet awhile; it's dirty on deck.
"Philosopher Jack" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

Jesse had a wife to mourn for his life,
Three children, they were brave,
But that dirty little coward that shot Mister Howard,
Has laid Jesse James in his grave.
"Jesse James" by Anonymous Americas
It was Robert Ford, that dirty little coward,
I wonder how he does feel,
For he ate of Jesse’s bread and he slept in Jesse’s bed,
Then he laid Jesse James in his grave.
"Jesse James" by Anonymous Americas
Left by his friend to breakfast alone on the white
Italian shore, his Terrible Demon arose
Over his shoulder; he wept to himself in the night,
A dirty landscape-painter who hated his nose.
"Edward Lear" by W H Auden
Yer ae drogget coat is baith scrimpy an' worn,
An' yer aul leloc toush is baith dirty an' torn;
An' roun' yer lean haffits, ance sonsy and fair,
Hings tautit an' tousie yer bonny broun hair.
"The Drunkard's Wife" by Janet Hamilton
Well, all dirty as he was,
And thin, and pale, and torn, with staring eyes,
His father knew him, the first look, far off,
And ran so fast to meet him! put his arms
Around his neck and kissed him.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Through a chink in the shutter dim lights come and go;
The seats are in order, the dishes a-row:
But the luncheon was wealth to the rat and the mouse
Whose descendants have long left the Dirty Old House.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham

In news:

He may leave his dirty socks on the floor, but at least he opens the door for you.
Summer Jam Reunion 2012 will kickoff at 2 pm with Dirty Deal, Blackmail and Kix.
The Dirty Life, by Kristin Kimball.
This is the time of year – when it's been freezing for two months and the city is covered with dirty snow that won't melt for another six weeks – that I dream of trading it all in for a simpler life.
Dirty Dan's serving sophisticated fare in Fairhaven.
His final films, "Almost Heroes" and "Dirty Work," were released in May and June 2008.
'Dirty' gets clean slate with Feldman.
Daniel Cerone has departed as showrunner of ABC's returning series "Dirty Sexy Money" and will be replaced by Jon Harmon Feldman.
Gently but thoroughly clean dirty, soiled windows with Unger Enterprises' double-sided PadStripWasher Strip Pac.
You see workers wash the tops of tables only, not even the sides, which become very dirty over the years.
Friday's game between the Fulton Steamers and Kewanee Boilermakers was about as ugly offensively as the jerseys were dirty.
I knew that we were doing yall dirty by putting All That Remains against Bullet For My Valentine.
This laser marking system provides best-in-class speeds for high-throughput lines and an IP65-rated housing for increased reliability, even in dirty and wet environments.
Men and women talking to each other - nothing 'dirty' here.
The Pentagon said on Wednesday it will allow "dirty bomb" suspect Jose Padilla access to a lawyer for the first time since being placed in a military brig in June 2002.

In science:

Thus, the new dirtiness for extreme regions can come only from regions that were not extreme after iteration d that are now splitting into extreme regions in iteration d+1, which we call freshly extreme regions.
Randomized Shellsort: A Simple Oblivious Sorting Algorithm
Then the desired dirtiness bound of Ai ’s parent region, Ap , is δ(Ap ) = n/2d+j+3 ≥ 12e log n, by Claim 4.3, since Ap is not extreme.
Randomized Shellsort: A Simple Oblivious Sorting Algorithm
Note that, if k (c) then we have satisfied the desired dirtiness for Ai .
Randomized Shellsort: A Simple Oblivious Sorting Algorithm
Note that, if k (c) then we have satisfied the desired dirtiness bound for Ai+1 .
Randomized Shellsort: A Simple Oblivious Sorting Algorithm
Therefore, if a low region Ai or Ai+1 becomes freshly extreme in iteration d + 1, then, w.v.h.p., its dirtiness is at most 12e log n.
Randomized Shellsort: A Simple Oblivious Sorting Algorithm