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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Gabrielle Union is finally opening up about her surprising bad blood between herself and Jada Pinkett Smith. Alexia Fernandez,, "Gabrielle Union Says There Was Never a 'Feud' with Jada Pinkett Smith 'Just a Lot of Silence'," 8 May 2018 The agency found fault at both hospitals following the death of patients getting bad blood transfusions. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "Ben Taub dead patient was unmonitored, found passed out in bathroom," 24 July 2019 But there’s bad blood here involving painful secrets and truths that are slowly, at times intriguingly revealed as Kira attempts to square a traumatic event from her teen years. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dysfunctional family drama ‘The Price for Silence’ suffers from a scattered script," 18 July 2019 In 1977, the government started recommending low-fat, low-cholesterol diets, because research at the time indicated that dietary cholesterol elevated bad blood cholesterol (LDL). Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "Are Eggs Bad for You? The Verdict Is Still Out.," 15 June 2019 There is some serious bad blood brewing between Live With Kelly and Ryan co-host Kelly Ripa and the folks over at The Bachelorette. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Chris Harrison of 'The Bachelorette' SLAMS Kelly Ripa After She Says the Show "Disgusts" Her," 15 May 2019 The bad blood between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry is officially over. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Taylor Swift and Katy Perry end feud: 'Peace at last'," 12 June 2019 The bad blood boiled over into a fight involving several people on the night of the shooting, after the two groups encountered one another in the parking lot of a nightclub in the 1800 block of Airline Drive in Kenner, authorities said. Michelle Hunter,, "Grand jury charges 18-year-old with murder in Kenner drive-by," 7 June 2019 The bad blood between Mayfield and Ehlinger has been documented before. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Baker Mayfield blasts Texas and quarterback Sam Ehlinger by calling hype of Longhorns 'crap'," 12 May 2019

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First Known Use of bad blood

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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