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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Yet, Shaq—who spoke with PEOPLE while serving as an ambassador for American Express in the lead up to this year’s All-Star Game—says the bad blood between them did have a positive side. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Shaquille O'Neal Talks Making Amends with Kobe Bryant and Life on Inside the NBA," 9 Mar. 2018 Over the years, the stars have reportedly had an on-again off-again friendship, but judging by this pic, there's definitely no bad blood between the two. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "Most Iconic Disney Channel Reunions of All Time," 12 Feb. 2019 Below, check out a timeline of quotes and posts about this incident that prove, once and for all, there's no bad blood between Metz and Brie: The original statement from Metz's rep Cheryl McLean. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Timeline of That Bizarre Rumor About Chrissy Metz and Alison Brie," 7 Jan. 2019 Rumors about 'bad blood' between Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss might finally be things of the past: Per the Daily Mail, Swift and Kloss have been spotted in the same vicinity for the first time in more than a year. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "It's Been a Year, But Taylor Swift and Karlie Kloss Were Finally Seen Together Again," 27 Aug. 2018 Again, while respect and team camaraderie are good in a sense, a little bad blood never hurt a sport's entertainment value. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar midseason review, part II: What's gone wrong," 15 June 2018 Like the adults in the other study, these older volunteers quickly developed worse blood-sugar control during their two weeks of barely moving. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Planning a break from exercise? Think twice," 8 Aug. 2018 These pop stars just went from bad blood to mad love., "Katy Perry Just Apologized To Taylor Swift In The Most Literal Way Possible," 8 May 2018 The clubs have already engaged in a brawl that resulted in suspensions, a throwback to the days of bad blood featuring Alex Rodriguez, Jason Varitek, Pedro Martinez, Don Zimmer and countless others. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB's first month: Five undeniable conclusions," 30 Apr. 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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