body blow

[ bod-ee bloh ]

  1. Boxing. a blow driven to the opponent's body between the breastbone and the navel.

  2. any action that causes severe damage, losses, etc.: Our business received a body blow in the recession.

Origin of body blow

First recorded in 1785–95

Words Nearby body blow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use body blow in a sentence

  • This in his own paper over his own signature was a body blow; but it had the effect of curing his cold.

  • Frank avoided the rush by stepping aside, and gave the fellow another body blow as he passed.

    Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
  • Frank was watching for that left hand body blow, and it came at last, just when Bascomb thought it must count.

    Frank Merriwell's Chums | Burt L. Standish
  • He pursued his man with savage determination, and seemed resolved to get in a deadly body-blow that would end the fight.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • Suspicion was pounding at him like a body blow that is repeated accurately and relentlessly in the same vulnerable spot.

British Dictionary definitions for body blow

body blow

  1. Also called: body punch boxing a blow to the body of an opponent

  2. a severe disappointment or setback: unavailability 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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