Definition of blood and thunder in English:

blood and thunder

phrase

informal
  • Unrestrained and violent action or behaviour.

    as modifier ‘a typical blood-and-thunder cup tie’
    • ‘There are plenty of blood and thunder challenges out there.’
    • ‘Our obstetrics practice was of the blood and thunder variety.’
    • ‘Away games can be more of a dogfight, where fast, furious, frenetic, blood and thunder football can drag a good team down to its opposition's level.’
    • ‘But Swansea were worthy of their spirited success in a typical blood and thunder derby between Wales's oldest rivals.’
    • ‘This is real blood and thunder stuff - exciting but certainly not pretty on the eye and very hard to keep up with and describe.’
    • ‘When that sort of blood and thunder approach was deemed necessary, they were able to play in that fashion.’
    • ‘This blood and thunder depiction of the coming of the Saxons could be a construct of our sources, which rely heavily on the oral tradition of Celtic and Saxon battle poems.’
    • ‘There is enough action and information to keep any blood and thunder reader engrossed.’
    • ‘Hopefully there won't be any such scenes tonight, although you'd expect the blood and thunder atmosphere that you get in local derbies.’
    • ‘With this blood and thunder contest slipping into injury time some players clutched at water bottles, slaking their thirsts and preparing for one final mighty effort.’
    grisly, gruesome, violent, bloodthirsty, bloody, brutal, savage
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