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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Recent Examples on the Web Most are small businesses. ‘‘Given Facebook’s colossal scandals and rare repercussions to revenue, the advertisers’ boycott is a body blow that will decimate Facebook’s top line. Taylor Telford,, "Facebook is working to persuade advertisers to abandon their boycott. So far, they aren’t impressed.," 3 July 2020 Now fears are rising that businesses could be slammed by a second body blow this year — the failure of trade talks with the European Union, my CNN Business colleague Hanna Ziady reports. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Reality has caught up with stocks. But what happens next is anyone's guess," 12 June 2020 The Code wasn’t the only body blow against the industry in the 1950s, and distribution was central to that story, too. cleveland, "‘Insane bombshell’ in comics distribution world: Captain Comics," 11 June 2020 But both have been dealt a body blow by the coronavirus because of the nationwide 24-hour curfew, which has been extended until April 11. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Oil Prices Crash, Virus Hits, Commerce Stops: Iraq Is in Trouble.," 29 Mar. 2020 Then the value of people’s assets—real estate, stocks, etc.—would shrivel, a body blow to the economy. Larry Light, Fortune, "A Fed rate cut won’t cure what’s ailing the stock market," 2 Mar. 2020 The coronavirus restrictions that took effect nine weeks ago were a body blow to the vibrant street life on Valencia. Carl Nolte,, "Making the best of it on the once-vibrant Valencia Street," 16 May 2020 How quickly might the economy get back on its feet from the tremendous body blows? Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus recession now expected to be deeper and longer," 1 Apr. 2020 This was a body blow to U.S. shale companies, who are already reeling from falling prices and tightening credit markets. Joe Weisenthal,, "How Saudi Arabia Delivered A Blow to U.S. Shale Companies At The Worst Possible Moment," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of body blow

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2020

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“Body blow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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: a hard hit to a person's body

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