blood sport


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

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Recent Examples on the Web Ordinarily this week’s San Francisco Planning Commission meeting would feature all the passion and polemics that makes land use politics in San Francisco such a blood sport. J.k. Dineen,, "SF housing debates go online as Planning Commission meets virtually," 6 Apr. 2020 In Northern California, booking a public campsite is a blood sport. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019 In a divisive America, where clamor drowns out thoughtful discourse and politics is blood sport, changing minds and winning converts are not easy. Los Angeles Times, "New voting rights documentary targets #hashtag, Facebook audiences ahead of 2020 election," 21 Sep. 2019 Yet, in the past decade, politics has become a blood sport. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "All eyes are on Wisconsin, the state that’s gearing up to define the presidential election," 5 Nov. 2019 The public may find the latest blood sport amusing at first and support an inquiry. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Anatomy of 2020: Weighing Issues, Candidates, and the State of Our Union," 29 Oct. 2019 But in the blood sport that is Israeli politics, such insults are nothing that can’t be overcome. Aron Heller, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Israeli politics remain in chaos after deadlocked election," 26 Sep. 2019 But the restrictions can face fierce pushback in places like Brighton and South Boston, where new development has surged and vying for a parking space on the street can feel like a blood sport. Tim Logan,, "Study finds 30 percent of parking spaces in new apartment buildings are going unused," 24 July 2019 Though bloodied and battered by this blood sport, her sheer survival is her resistance against the gaping maws of the demented tradition. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Ready or Not’ is too snarky to be scary," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of blood sport

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blood sport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of blood sport

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

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