bad blood


Definition of bad blood 

: ill feeling : bitterness

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Examples of bad blood in a Sentence

There's been a lot of bad blood between them since their quarrel. there's been bad blood between the two families for years

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After posting the message, Andrea responded to her husband, proving that there isn't any bad blood between the two. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Logic Confirms Split From Wife Jessica Andrea: 'It's Very Simple: It Just Didn't Work Out'," 20 Mar. 2018 The cast members vocally denied any bad blood — and repeatedly called out the media for finding reasons to pit women against each other when the same is rarely done with men in the public eye. Cady Lang, Time, "A Timeline of the Sex and the City Fallout Between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall," 6 June 2018 First, the former One Direction singer shared a message with his fans explaining that the relationship was ending but there is no bad blood between the couple, who share a one-year-old son, Bear. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Liam Payne and longtime girlfriend Cheryl announce separation," 1 July 2018 There has long been bad blood between Flake and Arpaio: The senator's son, Austin Flake, alleged that Arpaio maliciously prosecuted him for political reasons. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Sen. Jeff Flake hopes Republicans in Congress start talking back to Trump after primaries," 27 May 2018 So does this officially mean there's no more bad blood between them? Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "It Looks Like Kim Kardashian Ended Her Feud with Former Assistant Stephanie Shepherd," 20 Apr. 2018 Three years after the Black Crowes parted ways over a money feud between brothers Rich and Chris Robinson over compensation for their drummer Steve Gorman, the bad blood still boils. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Black Crowes' Rich Robinson on Feud With Brother Chris: 'I Don't Have a Brother Anymore'," 2 July 2018 The matchup, already chock-full of superstars like Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts, will be intensified by bad blood lingering from a confrontation at Fenway Park in April. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: A Baseball Rivalry and ‘Recovery Boys’," 1 July 2018 Although the family has yet to show any signs of bad blood (unlike Kim's very-public split from her assistant, Stephanie Shepherd), the decision to cut ties with Bonelli comes as a bit of a surprise. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Why The Kardashians’ Makeup Artist, Joyce Bonelli, Has Reportedly Been Cut Off," 29 June 2018

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1664, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bad blood

: feelings of dislike between two people or groups

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