body blow


Definition of body blow 

1 : a blow to the body

2 : a damaging or deeply felt blow an economic body blow

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And in the midst of this, another body blow: the death by suicide of her second daughter, Susanna, who had fallen prey to paralyzing depression. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In A Life of My Own, One of the Great Biographers Turns the Focus on Herself," 20 July 2018 Trump Effect Tariffs that kick in Friday will be a body blow to heartland states that helped put Trump in office, testing their faith in the president's brand of negotiation. NBC News, "Betting the farm: Why the heartland still believes in Trump despite plunging prices," 6 July 2018 Losing Nurkic, who emerged as an unexpected gem after a rough start to his career in Denver, would have been a body blow for a fan base that’s become increasingly tired of taking one step forward and then one step back. Ben Golliver,, "Grades: Blazers Finally Ink Core a Piece in Jusuf Nurkic to Team-Friendly Deal," 7 July 2018 Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with plastic explosives outside Kuala Lumpur in October 2006. Fox News, "Slain Mongolian model's father seeks Malaysia to reopen case," 19 June 2018 So in the end Roberts dealt a body blow to both Democrats and Republicans and averted the thing he most fears: breathless headlines screaming that the Supreme Court just gave a major win to either political party. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the Supreme Court Keeps Dodging the Question of Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 While Durant was dealing body blows, the Warriors' role players worked off the ball to find openings at the rim. Rob Mahoney,, "Death by a Thousand Cuts: How Golden State Terrorized Cleveland at the Rim," 7 June 2018 The defensive line took a body blow from graduation last year, losing Greg Gooch, Nate Hoff and Robert McCray. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Looking at IU football's post-spring depth chart," 6 June 2018 In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will rule on a case, propelled by years of conservative philanthropy, that could end mandatory fees for public-sector unions in more than 20 states, dealing a body blow to union coffers. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers," 25 May 2018

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1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of body blow

: a hard hit to a person's body

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