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blood 1

Pronunciation: /blʌd/


[mass noun]
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
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  • Pressure is needed to pump the life giving, oxygen carrying blood around your body.
  • Obviously, an artery carries more blood than does a vein or capillary.
  • The red blood cells circulate in the blood and carry the oxygen from the lungs to the various cells in the body.
gore, lifeblood, vital fluid
literary ichor
1.1An internal bodily fluid in invertebates which performs a similar function to blood in humans and other vertebrates.
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  • A scientist has found a 20 million-year-old fossil of a spider – and its blood – trapped in amber.
  • It has a heart, a few blood vessels, and insect blood simply flows around inside the body cavity.
  • A giant squid's blood cannot carry oxygen well in warm water, so if it is forced to the surface, it will suffocate.
1.2 (bloods) Blood samples or tests: his bloods were normal a nurse was out on the corridor taking bloods from the patients
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  • I drew some bloods to rule out kidney failure and cancer of the prostate and referred him to a urologist.
  • The ship's doctor can presumably take blood, and, though possibly not having a haematology laboratory on board, may be able to get the bloods tested when the ship docks.
  • She would have a history and physical, routine bloods drawn, and a flu shot, in season.

Blood consists of a mildly alkaline aqueous fluid (plasma) containing red cells (erythrocytes), white cells (leucocytes), and platelets; it is red when oxygenated and purple when deoxygenated. Red blood cells carry the protein haemoglobin, which gives blood its colour and can combine with oxygen, thus enabling the blood to carry oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. White blood cells protect the body against the invasion of foreign agents (e.g. bacteria). Platelets and other factors present in plasma are concerned in the clotting of blood, preventing haemorrhage. In medieval science and medicine, blood was regarded as one of the four bodily humours, believed to be associated with a confident and optimistic temperament.

2Violence involving bloodshed: a commando operation full of blood and danger
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  • 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.
3Fiery or passionate temperament: a ritual that fires up his blood
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  • Mainly red, because you can get so passionate about it your blood gets up.
  • 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.
4 [with modifier] Family background; descent or lineage: she must have Irish blood in her
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  • Experts believe that his father's position helped him to ascend the throne, since there was no royal blood in his family.
  • And although his parents were from Jamaica, James says he has Chinese blood in his family.
  • None but those of German blood may be members of the nation.
kin, kindred, relation, member of one's family, next of kin;
blood relationship, relationship, kinship
formal kinsman, kinswoman
4.1 [count noun] A person of specified descent: a mixed blood
4.2 [count noun] US informal A fellow black person: any blood who opted out was ostracized
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  • The bond between homeboys is stronger than that between other brothers or bloods (other blacks) who have had no relationship prior to imprisonment.
5 [count noun] dated A fashionable and dashing young man: a group of young bloods
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  • This is what happens when men with too much money, education and nose hair try acting like working-class Loaded young bloods.
  • To the fiercely rhythmic sound of drums and whistles, the young bloods of the village lined up in a column three-deep.
  • It's actually the Spanish bloods who occupy the society pages and the top two percent of the social register.


[with object] chiefly British
1Initiate (someone) in a particular activity: clubs are too slow to blood young players
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  • I get sick of hearing that because several young players were blooded last year, this must bode well for the comeback.
  • 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.
  • They blooded some new players and over the season they provided some wonderful entertainment and brilliant football.
2 Hunting Smear the face of (a novice) with the blood of the kill.
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  • This long-forgotten mask was given to me out hunting when I was about nine, just after a kill when I was first blooded.
  • No more thundering hooves, no more yelps and no more blooding the junior hunt foreheads.
  • Leaving aside the debatable claim that a child may be traumatised by being blooded, hunting harms no-one.
2.1Give (a hound) a first taste of blood.
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  • This relates to the practice of blooding young hounds on fox cubs to whet their appetite for hunting.
  • 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.



be like getting blood out of (or from) a stone (North American also turnip)

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!
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  • And the progress made in the last few weeks has been 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.
  • 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.

blood and guts

informal Violence and bloodshed, especially in fiction: I like blood and guts, adventure, that kind of thing
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  • 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.

blood and thunder

informal Unrestrained and violent action or behaviour: [as modifier]: a typical blood-and-thunder cup tie
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  • But Swansea were worthy of their spirited success in a typical blood and thunder derby between Wales's oldest rivals.
  • Hopefully there won't be any such scenes tonight, although you'd expect the blood and thunder atmosphere that you get in local derbies.
  • 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.

blood is thicker than water

proverb Family relationships and loyalties are the strongest and most important ones.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Families can be difficult and demanding, but blood is thicker than water.

one's blood is up

One is in a fighting mood.
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  • And when their blood is up, blimey, you should see them fighting.
  • When he is sacrificed his blood is up, he is in an exalted state.
  • This exhibition is a start; an encouraging sign that our blood is up and we are ready to storm the field.

blood, sweat, and tears

Extremely hard work; unstinting effort: he’s going through all the blood, sweat, and tears involved in getting a PhD
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  • 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.
  • To reach those goals takes years of effort and perseverance - Churchillian blood, sweat, and tears.
  • I bought it back with my blood, sweat, and tears after I found out that it had been a family heirloom…

blood will tell

proverb Family characteristics cannot be concealed.
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  • 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.

first blood

1The first shedding of blood, especially in a boxing match or formerly in duelling with swords.
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  • 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
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  • 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.

give blood

Allow blood to be removed medically from one’s body in order to be stored for use in transfusions: the willingness of thousands of donors to give blood
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  • 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.
  • But why do so many of us, who do meet the requirements of the Blood Transfusion Service, not give blood?

have blood on one's hands

Be responsible for someone’s death: he has my son’s blood on his hands
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  • So responsibility was not an issue; they all had blood on their hands, even if some had killed more than others.
  • He reportedly served time in an Israeli prison, but was released because he was classified as not having blood on his 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.’

in one's blood

Ingrained in or fundamental to one’s character: racing is in his blood
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  • Women have this naturally in their blood so how do you prove that the levels are unnatural and giving the athlete an unfair advantage.
  • He said: ‘Racing is in my blood and I have always wanted to try my hand at racing boats.’
  • Born in London in September 1950, Sheene had motor racing in his blood.

make someone's blood boil

informal Infuriate someone: it made her blood boil every time he came near
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  • It was those thoughts that made her blood boil with anger and frustration.
  • Experience what makes the Inspector tick, and what makes his blood boil.
  • I am increasingly sensitive to injustice, which makes my blood boil, and these paintings were born from the anger provoked by this horror.

make someone's blood run cold

Horrify someone: their howl will make your blood run cold
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  • There was a sudden scream that pierced through the silence of the night, making my blood run cold once again.
  • ‘To think somebody is walking around with her personal details makes my blood run cold,’ she said.
  • There is just no way of understand people who can do these things, and the thought of it makes my blood run cold.

new (or fresh) blood

New members admitted to a group, especially as an invigorating force: the need to bring in new blood and fresh ideas
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  • Rangers are not the only club invigorated by new blood.
  • We are asking new members to come along as we feel the committee needs new blood and new ideas.
  • That makes it difficult for new blood with new ideas to enter politics.

of the blood (royal)

literary Royal.
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  • When told that his sister was having an illicit affair Alexander replied that she should be allowed to enjoy herself even though she was a princess of the blood royal.
  • His relationship with them was as someone on their side, but not of the blood royal.
  • Pole was a younger son of the countess of Salisbury, and was therefore of the blood royal.

out for (someone's) blood

Set on getting revenge: make no mistake about it, we shall be out for blood
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  • Early Christians used them as a place to hide from those out for their blood.
  • He has come to his senses and the conservatives are out for his blood.
  • Those kids were out for Bliss 's blood, but he had no idea why.

someone's blood is worth bottling

Australian /NZ informal Someone is extremely valuable and worth preserving: your blood must be worth bottling
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  • Your blood's worth bottling, it is, Emsie!
  • Rumours that the volunteers have orange blood — to match their distinctive orange overalls — proved unfounded, but their blood is certainly worth bottling!
  • Andrew called me and said thanks for sending William to set up a new program in my computer, he said, "your blood is worth bottling".

taste blood

Achieve an early success that stimulates further efforts: the speculators have tasted blood and could force a devaluation of the currency
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  • But remember, I have tasted blood, and I will hunt again.
  • 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.

young blood

Pronunciation: /ˌjʌŋ ˈblʌd/
A younger member or members of a group, especially as an invigorating force: farming lacks young blood
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  • 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.
  • Increasing new blood and especially more young blood for the Friends is an important goal.
  • We need some young blood and energy, as far as I know all of the volunteers are over 50.


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

  • Something so vital to life is bound to play a large part in the language. Blood represents violence, genetic inheritance, and, in blood, sweat, and tears, hard work and sacrifice; in 1940 Winston Churchill announced to Parliament that he had ‘nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat’. Nowadays bloody is a relatively mild swear word, but it used to be virtually unprintable. In the 19th century, and well into the 20th, it was on a par with obscene language and caused deep offence. Its use by George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) in Pygmalion (1913), where Eliza Doolittle says, ‘Walk! Not bloody likely’, caused a sensation, and indeed the play's stage directions mark the word ‘Sensation’ after the line in question. This reaction probably arose because people thought the word contained a blasphemous reference to the blood of Christ, or was a corruption of by Our Lady. In fact the most likely origin lies in the aristocratic rowdies, or ‘bloods’, of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Most of the earliest examples, in the second half of the 17th century, involve someone being ‘bloody drunk’, which probably simply meant ‘as drunk as a blood’.

Words that rhyme with blood

bud, crud, cud, dud, flood, Judd, mud, rudd, scud, spud, stud, sudd, thud

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Blood 2

Pronunciation: /blʌd/

noun (plural same or Bloods)

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

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