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first blood

Definition of first blood in English:

1The first shedding of blood, especially in a boxing match or formerly in duelling with swords.
Example sentences
  • After the first blood was shed at Edgehill, however, in October 1642, people quickly lost their appetite for further conflict.
  • Jimmy had shed his first blood that night, and had also acquired a nice gash across his nose to commemorate it by.
  • The other's sword slid between Nottingham's ribs, drawing first blood and causing burning agony.
2The first point or advantage gained in a contest: King drew first blood when he took the opening set
More example sentences
  • Yet as both defences struggled to contain their respective opponents, the Germans drew first blood thanks to a magnificent 50-yard field goal which was well worth four points.
  • Still, experience and age matter in the tricky business of grass-court tennis and, sure enough, he drew first blood by breaking his opponent to take a 3-1 lead.
  • Hawks began looking bright and drew first blood with a penalty in six minutes.
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