bad blood


: ill feeling : bitterness

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 China and Japan have a long history of bad blood due in large part to Japan’s colonial invasions and atrocities committed during World War II. TIME, 7 Feb. 2024 Doc and Dell Curry, Seth’s father, played against each other in the NBA in the 1980s and 1990s, but there's no bad blood between the pair. Adam England, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Abrams emerged from a brutal primary against Ferraro, Al Sharpton, and Liz Holtzman, which left a trail of bad blood into the general election. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 14 Jan. 2024 There is some bad blood between current UFC Middleweight Champion Strickland, who is 28-5, and du Plessis, who is 20-2, after the two got into a heated exchange and brawl in the crowd during UFC 296 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in Dec. Sparks are going to fly in Toronto tonight! Rudie Obias, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Oprah says that there is no bad blood between her and The Color Purple actress Taraji P. Henson, who has over the last few weeks shared her poor experiences with things like pay and on-set accommodations on the film, as well as other projects. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2024 Current relationship status: Despite their rocky beginning, there is no bad blood between these two. Boutayna Chokrane, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 Taylor Swift has a bit of bad blood with the NFL officials refereeing Travis Kelce's game on Sunday. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 17 Dec. 2023 But throwing any signs of bad blood to the wind, the trader is now making plans to get his old job back with Citigroup following the judgment, Weir’s lawyer Rachel O’Connell, a director at Just Employment Solicitors, told Fortune. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 13 Dec. 2023 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 21 Feb. 2024.

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