Definition of bad blood in English:

bad blood


  • [mass noun] Ill feeling.

    ‘there has always been bad blood between these families’
    • ‘There was bad blood there already - little John and Peter had been feuding since their first year of school - and pretty soon a turf war broke out.’
    • ‘The bad blood between these two countries makes the Scots' attitude towards our English cousins look positively benevolent.’
    • ‘It does cause upset and sometimes a bit of bad blood.’
    • ‘There's a lot of bad blood - there's a lot of bad blood on both sides and it hasn't dissipated.’
    • ‘This created some bad blood between the parties involved which came to a head at a public meeting held in November 2001.’
    • ‘There's no fighting, no bad blood or anything like that.’
    • ‘The bad blood created by the disposition of this election will not disappear quickly.’
    • ‘The delay in the project take-off has caused considerable bad blood between the IT industry and the state government.’
    • ‘There are 20 years of bad blood between these teams and a rivalry between the managers.’
    • ‘In any case, the damage has been done, and the commission has created considerable bad blood.’
    • ‘James, you're probably aware that there is a bit of bad blood between the Spanish and the Australian tennis teams.’
    • ‘Even if there wasn't such bad blood, all the occupiers get attacked.’
    • ‘There is, he says, absolutely no bad blood between them.’
    • ‘This bad blood between friends is what made the dispute so bitter.’
    • ‘That solution would cause the least amount of bad blood, an amount that could certainly be compensated for somehow.’
    • ‘There is also exposition of an affair Lou had years ago, which has led to bad blood between him and Phil that continues into the present.’
    • ‘If there was really any bad blood left though, I wouldn't have been there.’
    • ‘There is just too much bad blood, and too many vested interests, at play.’
    • ‘There has been so much bad blood in my family, but I just thought ‘I am not going to get involved in that’ so I hugged him.’
    • ‘The main protagonists in this story share bad blood going back years.’
    discord, disharmony, disunity, strife, conflict, disagreement, dissension, dissent, opposition, variance, clashing, contention, dispute, disputation, arguing, argument, quarrelling, bickering, squabbling, wrangling, fighting, feuding, rivalry
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