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
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Examples from the Web for blood-and-thunder
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.The Best Ghost Stories
We had never seen that weird species of pumpkin, and Will embroidered a blood-and-thunder narrative.
The courtship has been written far and wide with blood-and-thunder pen, attended by lariat-throwing and runaway steeds.
- denoting or relating to a melodramatic adventure story
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