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You throw no low blows and rise above the rest.

What does it mean?

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Pam, when you are quoting something, please make that obvious. The right way is to put > first, followed by the text. > You throw no low blows... – Andrew Leach Sep 11 '13 at 6:46
Okay, I will..I know It's a little vague. anyway Thank you! – Pam Sep 11 '13 at 6:53
@Pam edit your question and see what Andrew meant – mplungjan Sep 11 '13 at 7:39
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A dictionary helps:

low blow noun
an unlawful blow that lands below an opponent’s waist:
the referee hadn’t seen the low blow and declined to call a timeout
a comment or tactic regarded as unfair or unkind:
his mockery of Elizabeth’s work seemed like a low blow

rise above verb
succeed in not being limited or constrained by (a restrictive environment or situation):
he struggled to rise above his humble background
be superior to:
I try to rise above prejudice


Low blow comes straight from boxing but has been applied metaphorically to any unfair or underhand act.

“You do not act unfairly and are better than everyone else, who does act like that.”

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Wowwww, It is greatly helpful! Thank you Andrew! – Pam Sep 11 '13 at 7:01
@Pam I reckon this question is just about on-topic here because it deals with metaphors. But it can be answered by reference to a dictionary, which means it may still be closed (and then possibly deleted). Do break down your sentences into small parts and look those up. Online dictionaries such as ODO do list phrases. – Andrew Leach Sep 11 '13 at 7:33

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