body blow


Definition of body blow

1 : a blow to the body
2 : a damaging or deeply felt blow an economic body blow

Examples of body blow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web India’s aspiration to be viewed as a peer competitor of China has already taken a body blow. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 The near-total halt of air travel in the spring proved a body blow for Hertz, which had already been losing money even before the pandemic hit. Chris Isidore, CNN, 2 Mar. 2021 Napoleon’s victory dealt a body blow to a European old regime already tottering from the spread of republicanism and popular sovereignty. Nathan Perl-rosenthal, WSJ, 9 Apr. 2021 The pandemic has been a financial body blow to U.S. theme parks and their parent companies. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Guarding All-Star Julius Randle along the baseline, the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Samanic absorbed a body blow when the 6-8, 250-pound power forward lowered his shoulder into him like a running back attempting to bowl over a cornerback. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2021 The hashtag #silversqueeze was a prominent rallying cry all weekend on Twitter, pulling in newbies in the hopes of landing a GameStop-like body blow on commodities traders. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2021 The auto industry suffered a body blow from the pandemic in its early months, as factories shut down and demand for cars fell sharply. Cnn Business Staff, CNN, 30 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday, Barrett dealt the chief justice a body blow. Adam Liptak, Star Tribune, 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of body blow

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2021

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“Body blow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of body blow

: a hard hit to a person's body

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