One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflict a resounding defeat on someone.‘voters gave the government a bloody nose in the county elections’
- ‘That means all hope is gone of giving him a bloody nose over it in 2006.’
- ‘Our concern is that the commission is focused on giving us a bloody nose whereas it will not have much effect on us.’
- ‘‘The voters wanted to give him a bloody nose,’ he acknowledges.’
- ‘The way the voters saw it, though, was that they had to be evicted, and this was another opportunity to give them a bloody nose.’
- ‘Nottingham Forest hadn't won or even moved further up the league, all they had done was give Charlton Athletic a bloody nose and put a temporary hold on their promotion celebrations.’
- ‘‘Wimbledon were always going to give Liverpool a bloody nose come rain or sun, such was the inner belief within the team,’ Gould maintained.’
- ‘All those wanting to give him a bloody nose might be heartened by the latest poll.’
- ‘We have to give him a bloody nose at the election and a vote for Respect in east London is the way to do it.’
- ‘Voters usually want to give them a bloody nose, just to remind those in power that they're being watched closely.’
- ‘The solution to giving him a bloody nose lies in your hands.’
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