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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. 2018.
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  • There was bad blood over principles and procedure, policies and plans.

    Blood and Iron John Hubert Greusel
  • Ay, truly, the bad blood that ran in his veins was his only inheritance!

    The Genius

    Margaret Horton Potter
  • Already, even at the first words, there was bad blood between them.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • In spite of her bad blood the girl is surprisingly true and sweet.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • There was bad blood between the two men, destined to end in a tragedy.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for bad blood

bad blood

a feeling of intense hatred or hostility; enmity
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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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