blood sport

noun

Definition of blood sport

1 : a sport or contest (such as hunting or cockfighting) involving bloodshed
2 : a ruthless or cutthroat competition or conflict … the blood sport that is political blogging.— Massimo Calabresi

Examples of blood sport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some analysts had been clamoring for the blood sport—counseling Best Buy to shut down stores and slash head count. Hubert Joly, WSJ, "How Hubert Joly Changed Best Buy Without Everyone Hating Him," 23 Apr. 2021 All of which raises the question: What kind of society are we when senior citizens are picked off for blood sport? BostonGlobe.com, "Elderly Asian Americans are living in fear as assaults, confrontations soar. A retiree worries: ‘If people beat me, I can die right away’," 17 Apr. 2021 As in nature herself, there is death and, as in England of yore, blood sport. Katherine A. Powers Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Bookmark: When these animals talk, listen," 15 Jan. 2021 Western journalism in the 19th century was a blood sport — often literally. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "Murder at the newspaper: When a Chronicle editor was shot dead," 2 Apr. 2021 Toussaint may be demilitarized, but tradition is sacred here … and the citizens enjoy blood sport as much as anyone else in the Nilfgaardian Empire. Shelly Tan, Washington Post, "Five sensational vacation destinations from the virtual worlds of video games," 25 Feb. 2021 As in nature herself, there is death and, as in England of yore, blood sport. Katherine A. Powers Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Bookmark: When these animals talk, listen," 15 Jan. 2021 But unlike many of his fellow Democrats, Biden was careful not to indulge in self-righteous outrage that threatens to accelerate the spiral of retribution and revenge that has incapacitated government and turned politics into blood sport. Washington Post, "Biden links prosperity to civic virtues in inauguration speech," 20 Jan. 2021 As in nature herself, there is death and, as in England of yore, blood sport. Katherine A. Powers Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Bookmark: When these animals talk, listen," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of blood sport

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Apr 2021

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“Blood sport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood%20sport. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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blood sport

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blood sport

: a sport (such as hunting) in which birds or animals are killed

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