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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Relationships like the one that swirled around Fravel damages that critical end goal for a sport that seems more than happy to deal itself continual body blows. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Conflict of interest in group linked to CHRB, Stronach Group, Breeders’ Cup baffles," 6 Aug. 2019 That said, doing nothing would be a body blow to the Fed’scredibility. Larry Light, Fortune, "Here Are the Fed’s Four Options for a Rate Cut—and How the Market Will React to Each," 29 July 2019 The loss of funding from BNDES is a potential body blow, with the bank having invested over 200 million reais ($50 million) in over 450 movies since 1995. Ela Bittencourt, The Hollywood Reporter, "Brazil's Film Sector Up in Arms Over Jair Bolsonaro's Censorship Threat," 23 July 2019 But after six games of exchanging body blows, the series went to Scotiabank Arena for Game 7. New York Times, "The Raptors’ Journey to the Top of the N.B.A.," 14 June 2019 Google’s once-untouchable online-advertising operation took a body blow, hurt by mounting competition and struggles within its increasingly high-profile YouTube unit. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "Google Shows First Cracks in Years," 29 Apr. 2019 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

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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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