draw blood

idiom

1
: to take blood from a person's body for medical reasons
We need to draw some blood to test you for the virus.
2
: to cause blood to flow from a person's body
The punch to the nose drew blood.
sometimes used figuratively to suggest intensity or aggressiveness
Some politicians view debates as chances to draw blood from their opponents.

Examples of draw blood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike mosquitoes, crane flies do not have a feeding apparatus designed to puncture skin and draw blood. The Arizona Republic, 12 Mar. 2024 The device is surgically implanted and attached to a vein in her upper chest area in order for healthcare providers to draw blood and give treatments without a needle stick. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 The device will be surgically implanted and attached to a vein in her upper chest area in order for healthcare providers to draw blood and give treatments without a needle stick. Vanessa Etienne, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 Last week, the news that André 3000 would be releasing an album of instrumental flute jams was greeted with enough head-scratching to draw blood. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 20 Nov. 2023 To confirm a diagnosis, doctors typically draw blood and send it off to a lab for testing. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 Doctors also joined an artery and a vein in his arm creating a fistula that helped draw blood more easily. Alice Li, Washington Post, 14 June 2023 Silicon Valley’s shamans and charlatans regularly speak with such an astonishing blend of vanity, inanity and obliviousness that there isn’t much left for an enterprising satirist to add, but Hornsby’s descriptions frequently draw blood. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 4 July 2023 But the third tilted over into 30 Rock-level absurdity, and in doing so delivered jabs sharp enough to draw blood. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 June 2023

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“Draw blood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/draw%20blood. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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