body blow
noun Date: 1792 1. a blow to the body 2. a damaging or deeply felt blow <
an economic body blow
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  • body blow — body blows also body blow N COUNT A body blow is something that causes great disappointment and difficulty to someone who is trying to achieve something. His resignation will be another body blow to the ruling National Liberation Front. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • body blow — body ,blow noun count a serious problem or a great disappointment, especially one that is sudden and unexpected: body blow to/for: another massive body blow to the farming industry …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • body blow — n 1.) a serious loss, disappointment, or defeat →↑blow ▪ Hopes of economic recovery were dealt a body blow by this latest announcement. 2.) a hard hit between your neck and waist during a fight …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • body blow — ► NOUN 1) a heavy punch to the body. 2) a severe setback …   English terms dictionary

  • body blow — noun 1. : a usually hard blow in boxing that lands between the neck and the waistline 2. : a serious setback or defeat the committee has already delivered a body blow to wage stabilization New Republic * * * noun, pl ⋯ blows [count] : a hard hit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • body blow — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms body blow : singular body blow plural body blows a serious problem or a great disappointment, especially one that is sudden and unexpected body blow to/for: another massive body blow to the farming industry …   English dictionary

  • body blow — Boxing. 1. a blow driven to the opponent s body between the breastbone and the navel. 2. any action that causes severe damage, losses, etc.: Our business received a body blow in the recession. [1785 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • body blow — /ˈbɒdi bloʊ/ (say bodee bloh) noun 1. Boxing a blow to an opponent s body between the breastbone and the waistline. 2. a serious (but not decisive) setback or defect: *the absence of Hutchinson is a body blow for the Lions. –west australian, 1991 …   Australian English dictionary

  • body blow — {n.}, {informal} A great disappointment; a bitter failure. * /When he failed to get on the team it came as a body blow to him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • body blow — {n.}, {informal} A great disappointment; a bitter failure. * /When he failed to get on the team it came as a body blow to him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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