bloody nose

noun

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 HoldenNew York Times Magazine23 Mar. 1975
  • And a number of Tory MPs will likely oppose it as well, if only to give Blair a bloody nose.
  • —Tim LuckhurstNew Republic13 Aug. 2001

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First Known Use of bloody nose

1947


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