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blood and thunder

sensationalism, violence, or exaggerated melodrama:
a movie full of blood and thunder.
Origin of blood and thunder
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Why, I'm no fighter, Frank—I'm no blood-and-thunder ruffian!

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • White, or one of the blood-and-thunder raiders, might appear.

    The Man Thou Gavest Harriet T. Comstock
  • He was in a high fever while he was writing, and the blood-and-thunder Magazine style he adopted did not calm him.

  • We had never seen that weird species of pumpkin, and Will embroidered a blood-and-thunder narrative.

    Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
  • The courtship has been written far and wide with blood-and-thunder pen, attended by lariat-throwing and runaway steeds.

    Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
  • He was in a high fever while he was writing, and the blood-and-thunder Magazine diction he adopted did not calm him.

  • Look at all the blood-and-thunder novels will you, that are turned out every year by the hundred.

  • It must not be thought all the conversation of these two was of this blood-and-thunder variety.

    Cattle-Ranch to College Russell Doubleday
  • That was a regular hair-raiser, as the fellow said when he finished the blood-and-thunder story.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • The blood-and-thunder boys' story she had borrowed from Solomon had fallen from her hand and lay unheeded on the grass.

British Dictionary definitions for blood-and-thunder


denoting or relating to a melodramatic adventure story
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
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