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body blow

[ bod-ee bloh ]
/ ˈbɒd i ˌbloʊ /
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noun
Boxing. a blow driven to the opponent's body between the breastbone and the navel.
any action that causes severe damage, losses, etc.: Our business received a body blow in the recession.
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Origin of body blow

First recorded in 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for body blow

body blow

noun
Also called: body punch boxing a blow to the body of an opponent
a severe disappointment or setbackunavailability of funds was a body blow to the project
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Other Idioms and Phrases with body blow

body blow

An action that causes severe damage, as in This last recession dealt a body blow to our whole industry. This term comes from boxing, where since the 18th century it has been used to refer to a punch that is landing between the opponent's chest and navel. [c. 1900]

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