glancing blow


: a blow with less than full force that falls off to one side
The falling tile struck him with a glancing blow on the head.

Examples of glancing blow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These systems also usually hit San Diego at an angle, amounting to little more than a glancing blow in many cases. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2024

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“Glancing blow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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