Definition of bloody nose
- 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