Definition of blood and thunder in English:

blood and thunder

phrase

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

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