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
Recent Examples on the Web Ryan’s words, which were part of a joint statement with Onwuachi, seemed to indicate no bad blood. Washington Post, "Chef Kwame Onwuachi announces he’s leaving Kith and Kin, the lauded restaurant he helmed," 6 July 2020 Despite their history of bad blood, Koike had at least the tacit acceptance of the LDP, which did not support a candidate against her this time around. Isabel Reynolds / Bloomberg, Time, "Tokyo’s First Female Governor Wins Re-Election by Landslide in Vote Clouded by Coronavirus," 6 July 2020 Thankfully, there doesn't seem to be any bad blood. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph Reportedly Broke Up for One Simple Reason," 31 May 2020 Tensions were high in this series — a rematch from the 1985 East semis won by Boston, 4-2 — and the bad blood boiled over in Game 3 at the Pontiac Silverdome, when Bill Laimbeer put Larry Bird in a half nelson as the two tumbled to the floor. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Rewind: Young Bad Boys shine in upset bid. Then Larry Bird stole the ball," 26 May 2020 The bad blood between Chrishell Stause and Christine Quinn is alive and well, and the show's main rivals aren't only ones fighting in its second season; tensions also run high between the other stars of the series. Ineye Komonibo,, "All Of Our Burning Questions About Season 3 Of Netflix’s Selling Sunset," 25 May 2020 The bad blood with Pippen over his contract meant No. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "'The Last Dance' winners, losers: Michael Jordan, Jerry Krause, Isiah Thomas and memes lead way," 18 May 2020 The bitter recriminations have plunged relations between China and the United States to a nadir, with warnings in both countries that the bad blood threatens to draw them into a new kind of Cold War. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "From ‘Respect’ to ‘Sick and Twisted’: How Coronavirus Hit U.S.-China Ties," 15 May 2020 The only bad blood between them was on the floor, from countless battles. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "‘The Last Dance’ leads to thoughts of what could have been for Cleveland Cavaliers: ‘In my mind we were definitely the better team’," 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bad blood

1664, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jul 2020

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“Bad blood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bad blood

: feelings of dislike between two people or groups

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