bloodied but unbowed


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bloodied but unbowed

Still willing to continue despite stress or setbacks. The troops emerged from the brutal battle bloodied but unbowed. We were bloodied but unbowed after the board rejected our first proposal—we just resolved to make a better pitch next time.
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bloodied but unbowed

LITERARY
If a person or organization is bloodied but unbowed, they have had a bad experience, but they have not been defeated or destroyed and are determined to continue with something. He is bloodied but unbowed after his very narrow election victory. The group was bloodied but unbowed, selling off its non-tobacco businesses to keep big shareholders happy. Note: Adjectives such as battered, bloody and defeated can be used instead of bloodied. The construction giant has emerged from the recession battered but unbowed. Note: Unbowed means standing upright without showing fear or pain.
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Head coach Pearce - who played when Butcher famously played on bloodied but unbowed against Sweden - said: "I never cut my head open, don't worry about that.
Bloodied but unbowed, Oliver returned to the elementary school that featured pizza on the breakfast menu.
Bloodied but unbowed, the defiant defender returned heavily bandaged, and was clearly in pain during the second half.
The list -- veteran Claudio Reyna, bloodied but unbowed Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey -- went on, every one seeming to step us as the team's character and chemistry had been called into question.
Leicester Tigers centre Tom Youngs, his head in bandages, was bloodied but unbowed and when fresh limbs arrived in the front row, it was invariably England dominating forward play.
BLOODIED but unbowed, Robin van Persie took a decisive step in rebuilding his Arsenal career as he produced the late inspiration to seal his side's place in the FA Cup final.