adjective (bloodier, bloodiest)
- It was then did I really look at him; his body was bloody, so covered with the rouge substance that I could not make head or tail of his face.
- Many folks, including parents, may have cringed at the sight of the guy with a bloody nose on the cover of his latest album.
- But there was no help in sight as the police threw my jacket around my head to cover the bloody face while pushing it down towards my knees.
- This may cause bloody discharge from the nipple.
- What about bloody nipple discharge during pregnancy?
- It is certainly true that the signs of a suspicious discharge are spontaneous, bloody discharge from a single duct often associated with a mass.
- The government had for days promised an all-out offensive against the rebels who seized half the country after a bloody coup attempt on September 19.
- To topple the government of my country in a bloody coup.
- Not since the bloody coup attempts against president Corazon Aquino in 1987 and 1989 have soldiers been so visible in the capital.
verb (bloodies, bloodying, bloodied)[with object] Back to top
- Well, I agree with the thesis of what Terry's saying, that we can't keep on bloodying each other up, going until March or April and not have a nominee when it is appearing that we have one strong frontrunner emerging.
- Between 300 and 400 soldiers, border police and civilian police got into running fistfights with the protesting settlers, bloodying some of them.
- Why wouldn't they just rather let him win the judgeship (even after bloodying him up a little) on an up-or-down vote, and get him out of the public eye?
bloody (or bloodied) but unbowed
- Proud of what one has achieved despite having suffered great difficulties or losses.Example sentences
- Eventually after twenty four months we emerged - bloody but unbowed!
- We're bloody but unbowed, and we will carry on the fight to meet the needs of our children.
- Closer to home, so is my favourite Swede - equally bloody but unbowed.
- Example sentences
- A three-day siege ended bloodily: the apartment was gutted, and its seven occupants, alleged perpetrators of a murderous attack on a government agency in December, were all killed.
- I have no idea about Greek inflectional endings, but the English translation has one fairly obvious meaning: ‘You too will die bloodily because of this deed.’
- Marlowe may have been of this world, but he was also in it: emotionally, viscerally and - more so for him than for other men - bloodily.
- Example sentences
- Though by modern standards there is little explicit bloodiness, the stretching of time through editing, and the sheer, ugly physicality of the fighting itself, leaves us with a commanding sense of the inescapable calculus of violence.
- With the photos visible only to the judge and the attorneys, Cohn protests their number and bloodiness and argues that to display them would risk overwhelming the jurors' reason with emotion.
- But because of international pressure for an end to the killing of dolphins and the bloodiness of their hunting method, fishermen here have tried to keep out of the public eye.
adjective (bloodier, bloodiest)informal , chiefly British
- It's too bloody cold outside, my bed is simply the most lovely and cosy place on Earth, and I don't really feel like going back to work tomorrow.
- If I had not been so bloody shocked at her response, I would have scolded her on the spot.
- It was duly turned off and the more serious consequences averted… we still had to wait outside in the cold for the bloody fire brigade to arrive and officially declare the building safe though.
mid 17th century: from bloody1. The use of bloody to add emphasis to an expression is of uncertain origin, but is thought to have a connection with the ‘bloods’ (aristocratic rowdies) of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; hence the phrase bloody drunk (= as drunk as a blood) meant ‘very drunk indeed’. After the mid 18th century until quite recently bloody used as a swear word was regarded as unprintable, probably from the mistaken belief that it implied a blasphemous reference to the blood of Christ, or that the word was an alteration of ‘by Our Lady’; hence a widespread caution in using the term even in phrases, such as bloody battle, merely referring to bloodshed.