bad blood

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bad blood a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • Bad blood angry feeling
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “An election is a moral horror, as bad as a battle except for the blood; a mud bath for every soul concerned in it.”

Idioms

Bad blood - If people feel hate because of things that happened in the past, there is bad blood between them.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. very obscure. The M. E. badde is referred by Zupitza to A.S. bæddel, a hermaphrodite, bædling, an effeminate fellow.

Usage

In literature:

Bad as she's been, she's my own flesh and blood still.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
I am sorry to say that some bad blood arose between the gallant Admiral and Mr. Clive over this incident.
"Athelstane Ford" by Allen Upward
There was bad blood between the two men, destined to end in a tragedy.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
He, seeing me peering like my eyesight was bad, would give a groan that made my blood curdle.
"Humorous Ghost Stories" by Dorothy Scarborough
He was a bad man, made bad not by blood but by selfishness.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
There's bad blood 'twixt 'em.
"Reels and Spindles" by Evelyn Raymond
It seemed like a bad mistake, for now Hal suddenly drove in a blow that landed on Brander's nose, drawing the blood.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Of course, everything is upside down, and of course there'll be bad blood.
"Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman" by F. Hopkinson Smith
The British soldiers in those blood-soaked trenches were badly armed, less than half-trained, under-officered, and of a low physical standard.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
He appears to have had no bad blood in him.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
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In poetry:

Would make a pet bunny
Chase a bad blood-hound,
Make a new-born baby
Slap his grandpa down.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
"Bad," you say: Well, who is not?
"Brutal"--"with a heart of stone"--
And "red-handed."--Ah! the hot
Blood upon your own!
"His Mother" by James Whitcomb Riley
when I was a young man
I felt these things were
dumb, unsophisticated.
I had bad blood, a twisted
mind, a precarious
upbringing.
"Let It Enfold You" by Charles Bukowski
A deed of blood, or fire, or flames,
Was meat and drink to SIMPLE JAMES:
To hide his guilt he did not plan,
But owned himself a bad young man.
"Pasha Bailey Ben" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

School Reserve Fund Needed, Not Bad Blood.
Billen has parted ways with his old label the Record Machine ("no bad blood".
There's some bad blood on Georgia's defense — and not just because the Bulldogs have been a disappointment on that side of the line.
A stressful day after a poor night of sleep may be an especially bad combination for blood pressure, a new study shows.
Since the death of Tupac, the incarceration of Suge Knight and all the bad blood associated with the alleged Mafioso-like business tactics of Death Row Records, the West Coast has gradually lost its reign over the rap world.
Sharyl Attkisson turns up what may be a fatal transfusion of bad blood, one the patient's family was not told about right away.
Marc Sanchez/Icon SMIDominick Cruz and Urijah Faber have the right kind of bad blood to infuse new life into the TUF series.
Penn State, Illinois play down bad blood between schools.
Although much-criticized trans fats raise levels of "bad" cholesterol, they don't appear to have a lasting impact on blood sugar levels, according to a US study.
Although trans fats raise your levels of "bad" cholesterol, they don't appear to have lasting impacts on your blood sugar , according to a new review of the medical evidence.
State police investigators have asked to expedite the testing of a blood sample from a man who allegedly crashed his car into a group of high school seniors on the Northway over the weekend, killing two of them and badly injuring the others.
Bad Bedlam blood gets boiling .
Bad blood between Boras and Phillies.
Palin's Ex- Brother-in-Law Says He Regrets Bad Blood.
The standard cholesterol test, or lipid profile, measures four types of fats (or lipids) in the blood: total cholesterol, HDL (or "good" cholesterol), LDL (or "bad" cholesterol), and triglycerides, a type of fat stored from unused calories.
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