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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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  • 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
  • Now's the time to show whether they've got any sporting blood or not.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • Prize-fighters, as a matter of course, were attracted to a place where sporting blood ran so high.

    The Life of Bret Harte Henry Childs Merwin
  • "A risk is worth taking," for there was sporting blood in her veins.

    One Man in His Time Ellen Glasgow
  • You lost; you paid with a divorce; and now is the time to show your sporting blood.

  • 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
  • "We'll get there," said Nyoda grimly, her sporting blood up.

    The Campfire Girls Go Motoring Hildegard G. Frey
  • 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
  • The situation appeals to my sporting blood which I believe has been greatly underrated in Crowheart.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • A fellow with sporting blood likes to pretend he's taking a chance, whether he is or not.

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