body blow

noun

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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First Known Use of body blow

1788


BODY BLOW Defined for English Language Learners

body blow

noun

Definition of body blow for English Language Learners

  • : a hard hit to a person's body


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