blood sport

noun
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of blood sport

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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