fresh blood


: newly added members or participants : new blood
"The new guy is going to work harder," Rivolo told me. "He has to prove himself, assert his authority. Maybe the old guy had been getting lazy, not working so hard … Fresh blood makes a difference."Andrew Cockburn
Arguably the greatest American racehorse, Man o' War burst onto the scene just when the sport needed some fresh blood to wake it from the doldrums of a nationwide antigambling crusade.Bill Barich

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With new cast members including Lauren Ambrose and Elijah Wood, this season will surely provide a bucket of fresh blood. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fresh blood was in 1831

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“Fresh blood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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