bad blood


: ill feeling : bitterness

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Example Sentences

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 Only Jae-huk and the copilot (Kim Nam-gil) have a history together, which includes some bad blood and unfinished business. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Aug. 2022 There has been bad blood between Hill and Turner as far back as 2008, when Hill was running for a second term as sheriff. Leon Stafford, ajc, 22 June 2022 Peterson and Bell don’t have any history of bad blood. Rob Maaddi,, 8 Sep. 2022 Selena Gomez shuts down rumors of bad blood with The Weeknd's new love interest Nearly five years after his split from Gomez, The Weeknd was spotted spending time with Simi Khadra, of DJ twin sister duo Simi & Haze. Sophie Dodd, Peoplemag, 24 Aug. 2022 Things were over, but there was no bad blood – yet. Laura Cohen, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2022 Despite all the bad blood — and actual blood — during Fight Night at The Joe, the events on the ice actually ended with a quiet bit of sportsmanship. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 And there was bad blood in the 1990s, Bodiford said, when many of the gay men in the organization didn’t want to share leadership with women. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 11 June 2022 There's certainly no bad blood between Janelle and Christine. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bad blood was in 1664

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“Bad blood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 1 Oct 2022

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