bloody nose


Definition of bloody nose

: a usually minor wound, injury, or defeat But for the first time the Israelis received a bloody nose, and as the news spread it was not just the Palestinians but the whole Arab world that sensed a new hero on the scene.— David Holden, New York Times Magazine, 23 Mar. 1975 And a number of Tory MPs will likely oppose it as well, if only to give Blair a bloody nose.— Tim Luckhurst, New Republic, 13 Aug. 2001

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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