: marked by great vigor, violence, or fierceness
blood-and-guts competition

Examples of blood-and-guts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her sharp depictions of blood-and-guts nursing brimmed with acerbic opinions on topics ranging from the unpopularity of the British consul in Volos to inaccurate reporting by journalists who lacked Greek language skills. Richard Byrne, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2023 The search produced Jeff Banister, straight out of central casting, talking with Texas grit and offering up blood-and-guts analogies. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2023 Despite his reputation as a blood-and-guts brawler, Moxley is an underappreciated mat technician. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 At another point in the trailer, Renfield and Awkwafina, who plays a traffic cop, set about to take on Dracula in a blood-and-guts confrontation. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2023 His film has few of the usual business drama tropes like blood-and-guts confrontations between colorful executives scheming behind the scenes and putting the sword to rivals as the mother ship goes down. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of blood-and-guts was in 1975

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“Blood-and-guts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blood-and-guts. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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