Definition of bad blood in US English:

bad blood


  • Ill feeling.

    ‘there has always been bad blood between these families’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are 20 years of bad blood between these teams and a rivalry between the managers.’
    • ‘There is just too much bad blood, and too many vested interests, at play.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘James, you're probably aware that there is a bit of bad blood between the Spanish and the Australian tennis teams.’
    • ‘In any case, the damage has been done, and the commission has created considerable bad blood.’
    • ‘There's no fighting, no bad blood or anything like that.’
    • ‘This created some bad blood between the parties involved which came to a head at a public meeting held in November 2001.’
    • ‘That solution would cause the least amount of bad blood, an amount that could certainly be compensated for somehow.’
    • ‘The bad blood created by the disposition of this election will not disappear quickly.’
    • ‘This bad blood between friends is what made the dispute so bitter.’
    • ‘There is, he says, absolutely no bad blood between them.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘There's a lot of bad blood - there's a lot of bad blood on both sides and it hasn't dissipated.’
    • ‘The delay in the project take-off has caused considerable bad blood between the IT industry and the state government.’
    • ‘Even if there wasn't such bad blood, all the occupiers get attacked.’
    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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bad blood

/ˌbad ˈbləd/