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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History: The blood sport dates to ancient times and was popular in India, China, Persia, and other Eastern countries before spreading to Greece. Globe Staff,, "Cockfighting: A bit of history," 30 May 2018 That quickly revealed itself to be gun violence, and given the verbal blood sport the issue triggers, a debate could have devolved into a full-fledged donnybrook. Meredith Mendelsohn, New York Times, "Can an Artist Shift the Gun Debate?," 22 June 2018 The new politics is blood sport, one that doesn’t stop at the threshold of the cancer ward, or even the morgue. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "Hating McCain: Grant, Ted Kennedy and Nixon got a break at the end. But times change.," 23 May 2018 The blood sport, billed as family entertainment in Florida a half century ago, has been pushed deep underground, pursued only in secret unlicensed arenas like the one where the patrons quickly flew the coop after the brazen killing. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Who shot the cockfight ref? Secret arena outside Miami was packed but nobody's talking," 12 June 2018 Fortunately, this pastry chef who lost patience with the high cost of fine dining and the blood sport that is vying for Michelin stars hasn’t lost his finely honed sense of flavor, or his technical skill. Adina Steiman, WSJ, "A Cookbook Packed With Red-Blooded Vegetarian Fare," 31 May 2018 Of course, in a place like San Francisco where vying for buildable land is practically a blood sport, outskirts never remain outskirts for long. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "The waning days of a Dogpatch artists’ enclave," 13 Apr. 2018 The level of anticipation preceding Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress this week would not have been out of place at a blood sport. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "“Senator, I Think We Already Do”: Zuckerberg’s Interrogation Turns into Tech Support," 11 Apr. 2018 For a lot of people, critiquing the Oscars has become a kind of national blood sport. Josh Rottenberg,, "Oscars director Glenn Weiss on 'Moonlight,' the envelope snafu and Jimmy Kimmel's return," 2 Mar. 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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