bad blood

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  1. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bad blood in a sentence

  • There had been bad blood between the captain and the mate, and Fox did not wish to go.

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  • They sent threatening letters to Branson, and cut timber on Dow's claim; and this made bad blood.

  • Yet now whole trains would strive, often with bad blood, for the mastery of the trail, one attempting to pass the other.

  • They decided to write off the past as fair fight and no bad blood, and start over again.

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  • There is bad blood between Avalon boatmen and these foreign market fishermen.

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British Dictionary definitions for bad blood

bad blood

  1. a feeling of intense hatred or hostility; enmity

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Other 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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