Beltlining

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  • A form of arguing in an unfair way, attacking the other person by “hitting below the belt.” This metaphor comes from boxing, where the literally low blow (beneath the boxer's beltline) calls for a foul. Psychological hitting below the belt entails using intimate information against another and engenders hurt, anger, and resentment. Beltlining is a passive-aggressive form of communication, usually ineffective in conflict resolution, and it leads to ever-increasing retaliation.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n223

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