blood feud


Definition of blood feud

: a feud between different clans or families

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Recent Examples on the Web Six words kick-started the blood feud in the Big East’s inaugural season. Liz Clarke, Washington Post, "John Thompson, coach who built Georgetown basketball into national power, dies at 78," 31 Aug. 2020 The attack came after Magomed Daudov, speaker of the Chechen parliament and a close Kadyrov ally, announced a blood feud against Abdurakhmanov and vowed to find him. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, "Chechen exiles are being hunted down. Often, the trail leads back to Russia.," 6 July 2020 His ability to elevate perceived slights into a blood feud or manufacture a reality that allows him to tap even deeper into his competitive reservoir is legendary. David Moore, Dallas News, "Margaritas and soaking rain: ‘The Last Dance’ brings back fond Michael Jordan memories for SportsDay’s David Moore," 16 May 2020 Edmonton-Calgary, a blood feud that could spark division across Canada. Matt Porter,, "For Bruins, one more day at the office before vacation," 21 Jan. 2020 But acquittal on two articles of impeachment, an economy that’s certainly not in recession, a stock market bumping up against all-time records and the Democrats’ debacle in Iowa and blood feud in New Hampshire have reinvigorated Trump Republicans. Arnessa Garrett, Dallas News, "Concerns about Sanders’ socialism, Trump impeachment trial winners, church shooting drills, lawsuit over Dallas park plan," 11 Feb. 2020 Pollard had a blood feud with George Halas, the Chicago Bears founder and N.F.L. pioneer. New York Times, "The N.F.L.’s Embrace of Black Players Has Always Been Conditional," 20 Dec. 2019 But the most bizarre battle in this land-grant blood feud was waged 26 years ago, when MSU coach Jackie Sherrill accused Auburn punting legend Terry Daniel of spiking the ball... with helium. Jeremy Henderson, al, "Auburn vs. Mississippi State: A brief history of Auburn’s beef with the ’Bell," 27 Sep. 2019 Compared to that glorious blood feud, which only produced 15 total points between both teams (LSU 9, Alabama 6), the SEC West has now stepped into an alternate dimension. Joseph Goodman, al, "Alabama will show no mercy; Auburn could struggle," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of blood feud

1815, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of blood feud

: a very long fight between two families or groups in which each group kills members of the other group in order to punish the group for earlier murders

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