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bad blood

unfriendly or hostile relations; enmity; hostility; animosity:
When the territory was being settled there was bad blood between the farmers and the ranchers.
Origin of bad blood
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For the old story is known throughout the shore, and Rodolph proved, in his fight with you, the bad blood in his veins.

    The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson
  • In spite of her bad blood the girl is surprisingly true and sweet.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • He was as little of a "poser" or of a "rotter" as he was of a prig, and there was not a drop of bad blood in his veins.

    A Letter Book George Saintsbury
  • There was bad blood between the two men, destined to end in a tragedy.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • It's wonderful what a shake of the hands does for bad blood.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
British Dictionary definitions for bad blood

bad blood

a feeling of intense hatred or hostility; enmity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with bad blood

bad blood

Anger or hostility between persons or groups, as in There's been bad blood between the two families for years. This term is based on the old association with blood and emotion, particularly anger. Versions such as ill blood preceded it; Charles Lamb was among the first to use the idiom in its current form in an 1823 essay.
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