Definition of body blow in English:

body blow

Syllabification: bod·y blow


  • 1A heavy punch to the body.
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    • At the time what I relished even more was the implicit invitation to return body blow for body blow.
    • The fragile tops of them were knocked down by the body blow from the creature, sending them crashing to the ground.
    • He brought his hands up as an instinctive reaction, just in time for her to deliver a left body blow that took him right off his feet and flying back into the corridor wall.
  • 1.1A severe disappointment or crushing setback: a tax on books would be a body blow for education
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    • The winners suffered a severe body blow early in the second-half when effective midfielder Brian Óg Murphy was sent to the line, but as so often happens, this served to galvanise the winners' resistance.
    • Leitrim may have entered the arena from the underdogs corner but they soon had landed a severe body blow to the champions.
    • Clearly, the global financial system has experienced a severe body blow, and must now be considered acutely vulnerable.

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