blood feud


Definition of blood feud

: a feud between different clans or families

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 But the battles, like any true blood feud, did not end with the deaths of any (or even all) of the original parties. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The decades-long battles over John Steinbeck’s estate," 13 Sep. 2019 Their clan had settled in Parenstu, according to family legend, after a dispute that began over a pot of necklaces and quickly escalated into a blood feud over territory — the kind everyone here seemed eager to avoid. New York Times, "They Survived Colonization and War. But Venezuela’s Collapse Was Too Much.," 30 July 2019 The court statement detailed the two families’ longstanding enmity — a blood feud that dates back to 1996. Washington Post, "Man in NW China executed after decades-long blood feud," 17 July 2019 The multigenerational blood feud at the heart of the Njála resists summary. Stefan Beck, WSJ, "An Epic of Human Scale," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of blood feud

1815, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Blood feud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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