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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Even if this countersuit ultimately doesn’t go forward, that doesn’t resolve the bad blood between the two companies. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Bumble is slowly backing off on its $400 million lawsuit against Match Group," 2 Nov. 2018 Camilla isn't skipping because there's bad blood between her and the bride's parents. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Prince Charles Arrived Without Camilla at Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Royal reporter Victoria Arbiter assures there's no bad blood between Eugenie and her aunt after the decision. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Camilla Parker-Bowles Is Skipping Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 8 Oct. 2018 According to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, Camilla is unable to attend Princess Eugenie's wedding, but there's absolutely no bad blood between the pair. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Is Skipping Princess Eugenie's Wedding for a Surprising Reason," 7 Oct. 2018 For whatever bad blood is supposed to exist between the Eagles and the Cowboys because of their rivalry, it has never interfered with Ertz’s reverence for Witten. Zach Berman,, "Why a Jason Witten jersey is so meaningful to Eagles' Zach Ertz," 2 June 2018 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

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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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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