Main definitions of blood in English

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  • 1The red liquid that circulates in the arteries and veins of humans and other vertebrate animals, carrying oxygen to and carbon dioxide from the tissues of the body.

    ‘drops of blood’
    • ‘The human heart and the blood flowing through the arteries and veins know no nationalities.’
    • ‘The faster we can clean the blood, the more nutrients and oxygen the blood can carry.’
    • ‘It reduces the body's blood oxygen level, causing carbon dioxide levels to rise.’
    • ‘This increased pressure compresses the arteries and veins, decreasing blood flow to the muscles.’
    • ‘The red blood cells circulate in the blood and carry the oxygen from the lungs to the various cells in the body.’
    • ‘Galen's most important discovery was that arteries carry blood, not air.’
    • ‘Anaemia is a condition in which the blood cannot carry enough oxygen to meet the body's needs.’
    • ‘A brave eight-year-old who had every drop of blood in his body replaced five times to fight cancer is to front an appeal for donors.’
    • ‘Obviously, an artery carries more blood than does a vein or capillary.’
    • ‘Hormones circulate in the blood and are carried to all parts of the body.’
    • ‘In the process it damaged a major vein and an artery, causing serious blood loss.’
    • ‘The amount of hemoglobin in the blood is an indicator of the amount of oxygen the blood can carry throughout the body.’
    • ‘Such an increase in carbon dioxide would increase blood and tissue acidity.’
    • ‘Jack was told to visualise the energy in his body, like blood in his veins.’
    • ‘They divert blood away from the skin to the core of our bodies, reducing blood loss if we are damaged.’
    • ‘Doctors have been waiting a long time for a suitable oxygen carrying alternative to transfused blood.’
    • ‘Pressure is needed to pump the life giving, oxygen carrying blood around your body.’
    • ‘Instantly every drop of blood in my body felt as if it were rushing to my face.’
    • ‘They have recently discovered a way to distinguish between human and animal blood.’
    • ‘Veins are the blood vessels responsible for carrying blood to the heart from all parts of the body.’
    gore, lifeblood, vital fluid
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    1. 1.1 An internal bodily fluid, not necessarily red, that performs a similar function in invertebrates.
      • ‘A scientist has found a 20 million-year-old fossil of a spider – and its blood – trapped in amber.’
      • ‘A giant squid's blood cannot carry oxygen well in warm water, so if it is forced to the surface, it will suffocate.’
      • ‘It has a heart, a few blood vessels, and insect blood simply flows around inside the body cavity.’
  • 2Violence involving bloodshed.

    ‘a commando operation full of blood and danger’
    • ‘I cannot just brush off scenes of violence, blood and gore, not to mention senseless killing.’
    • ‘The tragedy of the last few years of blood and violence has shown no signs of a peaceful ending.’
    • ‘The people of the mob cheered as they made their way out of the palace, that was now soiled in blood and violence.’
    • ‘Yes there was all the usual blood and violence, which is the norm nowadays.’
    • ‘This is not the sort of book which will please a reader interested only in the mud, blood and passion of battle.’
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  • 3Temperament or disposition, especially when passionate.

    ‘a ritual that fires up his blood’
    • ‘Mainly red, because you can get so passionate about it your blood gets up.’
    • ‘I wanted to let my blood boil and my temper flare, to lash out without thinking of the consequences.’
    • ‘This album is going to get my blood moving and then it will also set my blood on fire.’
    • ‘My blood boiled, fiery brown eyes shooting daggers at my pimply-faced enemy.’
    • ‘Mara and the president went at it hammer and tongs, beating out offer and counteroffer as blood boiled and tempers rose.’
  • 4with modifier Family background; descent or lineage.

    ‘she must have Irish blood in her’
    • ‘Experts believe that his father's position helped him to ascend the throne, since there was no royal blood in his family.’
    • ‘He really makes me believe sometimes he has Mediterranean blood in him!’
    • ‘His mother was of Dutch extraction, so he had not a drop of English blood in his veins.’
    • ‘People still speak in terms of belonging by ‘blood’; a person is seen to have Russian blood, Jewish blood, Armenian blood, or a mixture of ethnic bloods.’
    • ‘And although his parents were from Jamaica, James says he has Chinese blood in his family.’
    • ‘They haven't got a drop of Aboriginal blood in their veins but by crikey they're able to get some attention.’
    • ‘He openly supported the Jewish cause during the Arab revolt in Palestine though there was not a drop of Jewish blood in his veins.’
    • ‘None but those of German blood may be members of the nation.’
    • ‘He was from a mean family, and an ignorant bum, but his friend was from a noble blood.’
    ancestry, lineage, line, bloodline, descent, parentage, family, house, dynasty, birth, extraction, derivation, origin, genealogy, heritage, breeding, stock, strain, race, pedigree, roots, kinship, consanguinity
    kin, kindred, relation, member of one's family, next of kin
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    1. 4.1count noun A person of specified descent.
      ‘a mixed-blood’
    2. 4.2US informal A fellow black person.
      • ‘The bond between homeboys is stronger than that between other brothers or bloods (other blacks) who have had no relationship prior to imprisonment.’
  • 5dated A fashionable and dashing young man.

    ‘a group of young bloods’
    • ‘This is what happens when men with too much money, education and nose hair try acting like working-class Loaded young bloods.’
    • ‘It's actually the Spanish bloods who occupy the society pages and the top two percent of the social register.’
    • ‘To the fiercely rhythmic sound of drums and whistles, the young bloods of the village lined up in a column three-deep.’
    fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rake
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  • 6A member of a Los Angeles street gang.


  • 1Initiate (someone) in a particular activity.

    ‘clubs are too slow in blooding young players’
    • ‘I remember at the time there were question marks about him bringing in so many young players, blooding them and getting a Triple Crown out of them.’
    • ‘Veteran commanders consider any unit that has not been blooded to be unreliable, because even well-trained soldiers can react unpredictably to the horrors of combat.’
    • ‘A new generation is being blooded in sectarian hatred.’
    • ‘His troops were blooded in putting down a series of Triad risings in Hunan in 1853.’
    • ‘The Canadians had been blooded in a failed raid further up the coast at Dieppe in 1942, which cost 3,000 casualties.’
    • ‘Injuries to key players have meant youngsters being blooded probably a bit too early but with experience they can only improve.’
    • ‘In doing so, they've blooded players of a newer generation, yet many of the old hands were most central to last Sunday's win.’
    • ‘Before becoming full-time terrorists, they were blooded by participation in a shooting or armed robbery used to obtain funds.’
    • ‘He was blooded in national politics as his father's ambassador to the rightwing Christians in the 1992 election.’
    • ‘I was politically blooded in the Black Panthers back in 1970 when I was 18.’
    • ‘After blooding youth last week four young players have been dropped.’
    • ‘Luke is the ninth new player we have blooded this year.’
    • ‘Smith is also making use of his honeymoon to introduce a controversial rotation system designed to blood a new generation of players.’
    • ‘They blooded some new players and over the season they provided some wonderful entertainment and brilliant football.’
    • ‘It also affords him an opportunity to blood a number of promising young players.’
    • ‘I get sick of hearing that because several young players were blooded last year, this must bode well for the comeback.’
    • ‘Generally, I feel that we've made huge strides this year while also blooding a lot of young players.’
    • ‘New players have been blooded and a new order established.’
    • ‘But this year they have blooded some excellent young players who have very bright futures.’
    • ‘But we know that the real special people, the people who were blooded in Chechnya and also in Bosnia and in other places, they're here, Larry.’
    1. 1.1 (in hunting) smear the face of (a novice) with the blood of the kill.
      • ‘No more thundering hooves, no more yelps and no more blooding the junior hunt foreheads.’
      • ‘If the fox is not up to it, it is tracked relentlessly and run to ground when it is too weak to escape, then torn apart mercilessly for young hunters to be blooded as it takes its last breath.’
      • ‘Leaving aside the debatable claim that a child may be traumatised by being blooded, hunting harms no-one.’
      • ‘This long-forgotten mask was given to me out hunting when I was about nine, just after a kill when I was first blooded.’
      • ‘I remember the farmer coming back from a hunt with his daughter, bragging that she had been blooded for witnessing her first fox being ripped apart, blood all over her face.’
      • ‘That's my name, I got Jin from my pure blooded Japanese father.’
    2. 1.2 (in hunting) give (a hound) a first taste of blood.
      • ‘It was not an uncommon thing to blood hounds, and with regard to the question of cruelty, if they argued from elemental principles, all sport was cruel.’
      • ‘Hunters deny that cub-hunting is about blooding of hounds.’
      • ‘This relates to the practice of blooding young hounds on fox cubs to whet their appetite for hunting.’


  • give blood

    • Allow blood to be removed medically from one's body in order to be stored for use in transfusions.

      • ‘But why do so many of us, who do meet the requirements of the Blood Transfusion Service, not give blood?’
      • ‘Following a transfusion, patients are not allowed to give blood themselves for a year and Jenny has also been on medication and has not been able to donate.’
      • ‘The Irish Blood Transfusion Service needs 3,000 volunteers every week to give blood.’
      • ‘The club has decided to give blood to the transfusion service as one of their club targets.’
      • ‘Last night the Department of Health said it was considering barring people who had previously received blood transfusions from giving blood - something which could affect one in 10 donors.’
      • ‘Local blood donors gave blood between 4.30 and 9 pm on both dates.’
      • ‘Demand for blood and blood products continues to rise but the numbers giving blood regularly have dropped.’
      • ‘Sometimes people can never give blood and sometimes they are asked not to give blood for a specific time period.’
      • ‘If even 20% of people who are allowed to give blood did so, there still wouldn't be any shortage whatsoever.’
      • ‘Someone with blood group O has neither protein, so can only receive blood from another group O donor, but can give blood to any group.’
  • have blood on one's hands

    • Be responsible for someone's death.

      • ‘So responsibility was not an issue; they all had blood on their hands, even if some had killed more than others.’
      • ‘We will free others, but not the assassins, not those who have blood on their hands.’
      • ‘If, during the process, we determine that someone does have blood on their hands from the former regime, they will be fired from whatever they've been hired to do immediately.’
      • ‘He reportedly served time in an Israeli prison, but was released because he was classified as not having blood on his hands.’
      • ‘The point I have previously made in these pages is that there's nobody involved in the conflict who doesn't have blood on their hands - literally and figuratively.’
      • ‘Let's help the poor and the vulnerable - but tax payer's money should not be given to people in foreign governments who have a record of corruption and who have blood on their hands.’
      • ‘Try breaking it and you will have blood on your hands.’
      • ‘‘These people have blood on their hands and are murderers,’ said one high-level justice ministry official, who asked not to be named.’
      • ‘Apparently, school officials warned them not to ask any questions like ‘Do you have blood on your hands?’’
      • ‘She was accompanied by two young men, flush with their first beards, one of whom had a sign that stated, ‘You have blood on your hands.’’
  • be like getting blood out of (or from) a stone

    • Be extremely difficult (said in reference to obtaining something from someone)

      ‘getting a story out of her is like getting blood out of a stone!’
      • ‘Besides getting money out of me would be like getting blood out of turnip, it isn't gonna happen so don't even try to sue me.’
      • ‘Getting the truth out of this Government is like getting blood out of a stone.’
      • ‘A lot of the time it's like getting blood out of a stone, but I know the crowds won't let me down.’
      • ‘Of course, getting money out of two characters like these brothers would be like getting blood out of a turnip.’
      • ‘And the progress made in the last few weeks has been like getting blood out of a stone.’
      • ‘His idea seems to be that I shall do the writing and he shall do the reading and it is like getting blood out of a stone to get him to do the necessary translating for me.’
      • ‘It was like getting blood out of a stone to get any enthusiasm out of him.’
      • ‘Getting a reply from my contact was like getting blood from a stone and it caused me quite a lot of grief when trying to organise a work permit.’
  • blood and guts

    • informal Violence and bloodshed, especially in fiction.

      • ‘One attorney who lost a case to you said, ‘She overshadows the facts with blood and guts.’’
      • ‘You imagine the blood and guts, and that's what makes it violent.’
      • ‘Suddenly, there's a lot more than revenge at stake and in the climactic scenes there's a much more emotional and satisfying payoff than mere blood and guts.’
      • ‘Victoria wants to be a surgeon as she loves blood and guts.’
      • ‘No blood and guts, please, we're a civilized people, fastidious about what we allow in our living rooms.’
      • ‘Most of the evil dead are formed as skeletons which only crumble when destroyed rather than burst into a mess of blood and guts as they did in the first two movies.’
      • ‘He isn't after blood and guts, but fame and fortune.’
      • ‘Actually, I never have done anything too horrible - no blood and guts or other gore.’
      • ‘In a way, the mental fright is just as scary as the visual fright, but I still prefer blood and guts.’
      • ‘So, you say you want a movie with blood and guts and guns and swearing and sex and violence and grizzle and evil and nastiness and all that jazz.’
      grisly, gruesome, violent, bloodthirsty, bloody, brutal, savage
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  • in one's blood

    • Ingrained in or fundamental to one's character.

      ‘racing is in his blood’
      • ‘But I guess they say, sometimes, you know, if you're an actor, it's in your blood.’
      • ‘Like you, starting way back when in radio, it's in your blood.’
      • ‘Women have this naturally in their blood so how do you prove that the levels are unnatural and giving the athlete an unfair advantage.’
      • ‘It sounds like you're a baby boomer activist… like all this community work is in your blood.’
      • ‘It comes naturally to us; it runs in our blood,’ the maestro mused.’
      • ‘It has to be in your blood because there's no other reason to do it, unless you really have to.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Racing is in my blood and I have always wanted to try my hand at racing boats.’’
      • ‘The judge explained that the son of the thief was a natural; it was in his blood to steal.’
      • ‘Tell them that you belong to that top-notch family of frauds and scams related persons, tell them that the worlds best scam ideas run in your blood from generations to generation.’
      • ‘Born in London in September 1950, Sheene had motor racing in his blood.’
      innate, congenital, existing from birth
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  • make someone's blood boil

    • informal Infuriate someone.

      • ‘‘To think that children as young as eight-years-old are terrorising pensioners in the twilight of their lives makes my blood boil,’ said Mrs. Murphy.’
      • ‘I am increasingly sensitive to injustice, which makes my blood boil, and these paintings were born from the anger provoked by this horror.’
      • ‘The constant pictures on TV are making my blood boil.’
      • ‘Experience what makes the Inspector tick, and what makes his blood boil.’
      • ‘What makes your blood boil and what inspires you?’
      • ‘It makes my blood boil to see someone who just can't be bothered, because it implies either that they have no respect for other people or that they think they're too damn important.’
      • ‘All her words make my blood boil with jealousy and anger as she speaks the taboo.’
      • ‘For a small fee, the site will send out an anonymous email on your behalf to whoever it is that's making your blood boil.’
      • ‘It was those thoughts that made her blood boil with anger and frustration.’
      • ‘Now we come to the bit that makes this Caucasian 's blood boil - all eight pints of it.’
  • make someone's blood run cold

    • Horrify someone.

      • ‘‘To think somebody is walking around with her personal details makes my blood run cold,’ she said.’
      • ‘On the surface, this might seem like a fairly innocuous little phrase, but it is guaranteed to make my blood run cold.’
      • ‘As I reached out to pick it up a low growl made my blood run cold.’
      • ‘There was a sudden scream that pierced through the silence of the night, making my blood run cold once again.’
      • ‘I had never understood that someone could calm you with one look, the same look that made your blood run cold, or made your heart jump into your throat.’
      • ‘It made her blood run cold for a moment, then she shook the feeling off.’
      • ‘Despite the many years of experience with situations like this that I have, what I have heard today has made my blood run cold.’
      • ‘Folks, what you are about to read will make your blood run cold.’
      • ‘There is just no way of understand people who can do these things, and the thought of it makes my blood run cold.’
      • ‘It makes my blood run cold just thinking about it.’
      appal, horrify, scandalize, outrage, repel, revolt, disgust, nauseate, sicken, offend, give offence to, traumatize, make someone's blood run cold, distress, upset, perturb, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, agitate
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  • new (or fresh) blood

    • New members admitted to a group, especially as an invigorating force.

      • ‘I think they need to get some fresh blood in the campaign.’
      • ‘One might call these people inexperienced - he just calls them new blood.’
      • ‘That is why it badly needs reform - new blood, new ideas, new ways of working and a new voting system.’
      • ‘That makes it difficult for new blood with new ideas to enter politics.’
      • ‘Everyone benefits from the injection of new blood, innovative ideas and fresh approaches.’
      • ‘As we conclude that the leaders have failed to make changes, we are currently in dire need of new blood in leadership positions.’
      • ‘Rangers are not the only club invigorated by new blood.’
      • ‘Like any organization, newsrooms depend on new blood and the fresh ideas that come with it.’
      • ‘We are asking new members to come along as we feel the committee needs new blood and new ideas.’
      • ‘All three have served on the committee for three years and they felt that fresh blood and new ideas were needed at committee level.’
  • out for (someone's) blood

    • Set on getting revenge.

      • ‘So every now and again I'm just astounded by the Stoic nature of victims and the fact that they're not always out for the defendant 's blood.’
      • ‘Early Christians used them as a place to hide from those out for their blood.’
      • ‘People were out for blood - that sadly is the nature of this game - but he has handled the situation with dignity.’
      • ‘Those kids were out for Bliss 's blood, but he had no idea why.’
      • ‘Instead of bothering my kid, he's out for my blood.’
      • ‘It was a good thing that school ended soon, he'd be finishing his courses there and the last thing he wanted was to have this ‘gang’ of students out for his blood.’
      • ‘He has come to his senses and the conservatives are out for his blood.’
      • ‘Her life was now entwined with Michael's, and now April was out for his blood.’
      • ‘The look in her eyes was the all-too-familiar one experienced just the night before which meant she was out for blood.’
      • ‘But then again, it seems no one cares - there's a witch hunt atmosphere in the air and everyone is out for blood.’
  • taste blood

    • Achieve an early success that stimulates further efforts.

      ‘the speculators have tasted blood and could force a devaluation of the franc’
      • ‘But remember, I have tasted blood, and I will hunt again.’
      • ‘A tamed lion will become wild again if it tastes blood; a pampered bird kept in a cage longs to be free.’
      • ‘I would like to know before my sword tastes blood.’
      • ‘Now they have tasted blood, surely nothing will stop these committed shareholders from causing devastation among Britain's directors.’
      • ‘Having tasted blood once, they will be prepared to wield the knife again.’
      • ‘Now that you've tasted blood, your going to want more, and more of it.’
      • ‘They were eventually forced back, but awaited their escape hungrily, for they had tasted blood and wanted more.’
      • ‘But after they've tasted blood, will they want to stop?’
      • ‘Once a wolf tastes blood they are to be placed down.’
      • ‘They've tasted blood and the bitter bile of losing.’
  • young blood

    • A younger member or members of a group, especially as an invigorating force.

      • ‘Increasing new blood and especially more young blood for the Friends is an important goal.’
      • ‘Furthermore, the infusion of young blood in the executive is welcome and so is the call for Ministers to be attentive and seized with issues that impact on the lives of citizens.’
      • ‘With the State economy in decline for over a decade, many salary men were shown the door, because their firms found that they could hire young blood at relatively low wages.’
      • ‘Rural hospitals become more vibrant once exposed to young blood: it means continuing education and stimulating training for staff doctors, which are immediate draws.’
      • ‘We need some young blood and energy, as far as I know all of the volunteers are over 50.’
      • ‘Despite their shortcomings in this performance, it certainly seems as if the young blood in this quartet has a lot of talent and hopefully many years ahead to show the world just that.’
      • ‘The second - and sometimes the third - generation has come of age, the family-owned businesses are getting a fresh shot in the arm from young blood.’
      • ‘And then let us resolve that never again will we send the precious young blood of this country to die trying to prop up a corrupt military dictatorship abroad.’
      • ‘Well, they'd like to get some young blood on the air.’
      • ‘Behind the demand for the injection of young blood by the junior members of the parties might be a political scheme to seize hegemony in their respective parties.’
  • have (or get) one's blood up

    • Be in a fighting mood.

      • ‘Bear this in mind when you are writing or replying in a forum, especially if your blood is up a little, or it's late and you are tired.’
      • ‘This exhibition is a start; an encouraging sign that our blood is up and we are ready to storm the field.’
      • ‘Clad in red robes, the soldiers look like a river of blood no matter where they go, whether or not this represents their blood is up for interpretation.’
      • ‘Very passionate when their blood is up, they prefer the company of a very few close friends.’
      • ‘And when their blood is up, blimey, you should see them fighting.’
      • ‘I'm not even sure what to say right now but my blood is up and I'm ready to go right now but I can't.’
      • ‘Most will tell you what a challenge it is to restrain a company of Marines once their blood is up, the scent fresh and the chase is afoot.’
      • ‘The former is full of romantic associations and a man can do great deeds when his blood is up in good company with a stout horse between his knees.’
      • ‘When he is sacrificed his blood is up, he is in an exalted state.’
      • ‘When her blood is up, she has a fist big enough to knock down an empire.’
  • blood and thunder

    • informal Unrestrained and violent action or behavior, typically in sports or fiction.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is real blood and thunder stuff - exciting but certainly not pretty on the eye and very hard to keep up with and describe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But Swansea were worthy of their spirited success in a typical blood and thunder derby between Wales's oldest rivals.’
      • ‘There is enough action and information to keep any blood and thunder reader engrossed.’
      • ‘Our obstetrics practice was of the blood and thunder variety.’
      • ‘Hopefully there won't be any such scenes tonight, although you'd expect the blood and thunder atmosphere that you get in local derbies.’
      • ‘There are plenty of blood and thunder challenges out there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When that sort of blood and thunder approach was deemed necessary, they were able to play in that fashion.’
      grisly, gruesome, violent, bloodthirsty, bloody, brutal, savage
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  • blood is thicker than water

    • proverb Relationships and loyalties within a family are the strongest and most important ones.

      • ‘It's not that you don't love them, and it's not that you are not grateful - but I do think that blood is thicker than water.’
      • ‘However, Chuck was his brother, and, as Jerome grudgingly reminded himself, blood is thicker than water.’
      • ‘However, blood is thicker than water, so Viktor is for me a brother, first and foremost.’
      • ‘But blood is thicker than water and Brian tolerates his younger sibling, rediscovering aspects of his own character along the way.’
      • ‘Families can be difficult and demanding, but blood is thicker than water.’
      • ‘They say blood is thicker than water… and if anything, his love for a challenge branded him as his mother's son.’
      • ‘I know there are people out there who believe that blood is thicker than water and that family is the most important thing in the world, but I have to say - I just don't feel it.’
      • ‘Does this tell us that blood is thicker than water or that they are now brothers in truth?’
      • ‘He believes in honour and trust between friends, loyalty between lovers, and that blood is thicker than water between family members, but he discovers all these notions have fallen apart.’
      • ‘The relationship between the trade union movement and the Labor Party is always one that is like a family and that is where blood is thicker than water.’
  • blood, sweat, and tears

    • Extremely hard work; unstinting effort.

      • ‘Again, heartiest congratulations and best wishes on the appearance of this journal, the product of so much in the way of blood, sweat, and tears.’
      • ‘The ‘killer instinct’ comes from years of blood, sweat, and tears.’
      • ‘I'm pleased that you will see some financial return on all of your blood, sweat, and tears.’
      • ‘To reach those goals takes years of effort and perseverance - Churchillian blood, sweat, and tears.’
      • ‘We poured blood, sweat, and tears into that neighborhood and we would have loved to have stayed, but it just didn't feel safe anymore.’
      • ‘Bodybuilders pour blood, sweat, and tears into their training, dieting, and supplementation programs, hoping to pack on as much shredded muscle as possible.’
      • ‘Lessons learned, it seems, are not taken to heart, or the next generation willfully ignores the hard truths purchased through blood, sweat, and tears by their parents.’
      • ‘I bought it back with my blood, sweat, and tears after I found out that it had been a family heirloom…’
      • ‘He poured blood, sweat, and tears into the dancing.’
      • ‘Those particular people, who may exert as much blood, sweat, and tears as any other worker in the company, are not entitled to this provision in the bill.’
      effort, strain, struggle, toil, endeavour, hard work, labour, industry, blood, sweat, and tears
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  • blood will tell

    • proverb Family characteristics cannot be concealed.

      • ‘The aristocracy, with their vampire-like creed of ‘blood will tell’, had been breeding selectively since the Battle of Hastings in 1066.’
      • ‘But in the final analysis, your blood will tell you.’
      • ‘And, blood will tell, as the old saying goes: his posterity is now dragging out his old body and putting it on display to make money.’
      • ‘Isabel points out ‘a son is a son and blood will tell.’’


Old English blōd, of Germanic origin; related to German Blut and Dutch bloed.




Main definitions of blood in English

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  • A member of a North American Indian people belonging to the Blackfoot Confederacy.

    • ‘Even if Charlie had concentrated more on the Blackfeet and Bloods, the overall look of De Yong's warriors was Russell inspired.’
    • ‘The decision to drop the more serious charges was obviously not popular with some members of the Blood community.’
    • ‘Mrs and Mrs Ted Colson lived south-west of Charlotte Waters on Bloods Creek Station.’