deal a blow


: to hit (someone or something) so as to cause harm
He dealt his enemy a mighty blow.
usually used figuratively
The factory closing will deal a serious/severe/devastating/crushing blow to the town's economy.
Her career as an ice skater was dealt a fatal blow when she broke her leg.

Examples of deal a blow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The capture of Avdiivka would be a strategic success for Russia — the city is a linchpin of Ukrainian defenses in the region — and would deal a blow to Ukrainians’ morale. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 His removal could deal a blow to President Xi Jinping, who last year elevated the 57-year-old over more seasoned ministry peers, as part of sweeping personnel reforms designed to install a team of loyalists. Time, 26 July 2023 Further production shutdowns and uncertainty also will deal a blow to Southern California’s economy, with thousands of crew members in the region and small businesses that depend on the region’s cornerstone entertainment economy. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023 Experts say images showing Putin's arrest are fake The U.S. ban on Russian oil was expected to deal a blow to Russia's economy. Chris Mueller, USA TODAY, 8 May 2023 Fresh aggression from Beijing could create support for the DPP’s strategy of resisting China and deal a blow to the opposition’s campaign to relieve tensions through talks with Beijing. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 The comments deal a blow to the city’s government, which assigned a nine-member delegation to attend meetings with the committee earlier in the month and defended its use of the national-security law. Natasha Khan, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Recession predictions have increased for later this year and next year as soaring bills for electricity, fuel and gas deal a blow to businesses and people's spending power. David McHugh, ajc, 21 July 2022 The former president is facing down hundreds of millions of dollars in loans that need to be repaid, and the legal threat to his business could deal a blow to his finances. New York Times, 1 July 2021 See More

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“Deal a blow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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