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 The decision is a body blow to counties and the timber companies who originally financed the lawsuit. oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2022 Both teams made runs, the tension growing with each body blow. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 3 Apr. 2022 However, the real body blow came in 1948 and struck at the economic heart of the industry. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2022 Cosby represented over a half-century span that began in the 1960s, helping viewers understand his genius to fully appreciate the body blow that the allegations against him delivered. Brian Lowry, CNN, 30 Jan. 2022 Wave defender Abby Dahlkemper, who rejoined the starting lineup Saturday, having missed the prior two games with a COVID issue, exited in the first half after taking an upper-body blow in the box. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2022 To them, Nabeta’s lucrative retirement opportunity felt like a body blow to their dreams. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 This year, the snow crab harvest dropped nearly 90% in a body blow to the city’s budget and to its efforts to keep people from moving away. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 In the case of Russia, however, a rapid brain drain would be a zero-sum body blow for a variety of reasons. Alex Salkever, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of body blow

1788, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Body blow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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