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sporting blood

Willingness to take risks, as in His sporting blood won't let him stay away from the races. This idiom uses sporting in the sense of “associated with gambling.”
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  • Tony, now, was a good fellow—one with sporting blood in his veins.

    Old Judge Priest Irvin S. Cobb
  • "We'll get there," said Nyoda grimly, her sporting blood up.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
  • Now's the time to show whether they've got any sporting blood or not.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • In every drop of the blue blood of St. Louis there is a bubble of sporting blood.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
  • I'll show you some fellows with sporting blood in their veins.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums

    Burt L. Standish
  • "A risk is worth taking," for there was sporting blood in her veins.

    One Man in His Time

    Ellen Glasgow
  • It's in us both; you'll do it, too, when you are ready—if you have any sporting blood in you!

    The Firing Line Robert W. Chambers
  • Our sporting blood was roused to fighting pitch, and we became more active in every way of outdoor sports.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • Jerry could not be restrained, for his sporting blood demanded that he keep going all the while.

    The Outdoor Chums After Big Game Captain Quincy Allen
  • All the sporting blood Lil Artha possessed was on fire at the sight.

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