blood and thunder

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Origin of blood and thunder

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of blood-and-thunder

  • Why, I'm no fighter, Frank—I'm no blood-and-thunder ruffian!

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for blood-and-thunder


  1. denoting or relating to a melodramatic adventure story
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