body blow


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body blow

1. A strong hit to one's body. Everyone in the audience gasped when the seasoned boxer took a body blow from his opponent and dropped to his knees in agony.
2. By extension, a large disappointment or setback. Olivia's dreams of becoming a professional ice skater took a body blow when she tore a ligament in her right knee. The scandal was a body blow to the politician's career, and he retired to the private sector.
See also: blow, body

body blow

An action that causes severe damage, as in This last recession dealt a body blow to our whole industry. This term comes from boxing, where since the 18th century it has been used to refer to a punch that is landing between the opponent's chest and navel. [c. 1900]
See also: blow, body

a body blow

mainly BRITISH, JOURNALISM
COMMON A body blow is something which causes someone great disappointment or difficulty. The sport received a body blow when the schools programme was virtually halted. The result will deliver a body blow to Conservative party confidence. These tax concessions could soon be abolished, which will be a body blow to the manufacturers. Note: In boxing, a body blow is a punch above the waist.
See also: blow, body

body blow

a severe disappointment or crushing setback.
2004 BBC News: Business Energywatch said next month's increases were ‘a body blow to consumers’. ‘This price rise is going to add millions to bills.’
See also: blow, body
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The Forum of Private Business said that the extension was "an absolute body blow for small businesses in London" as they were already under pressure from existing congestion charging and a slump in trading.
Why is it that contrary to the best economic theory, despite a stock market collapse that wiped out values the equivalent of 90 percent of GDP, despite growing current account and budget deficits, despite the massive body blow of September 11, despite a momentary decline of its exchange rate, despite (an admittedly mild) recession, and despite two major wars, the U.
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The body blow to human rights dealt by this draft bill is not in the least eased by the assertion that none of the embryos or chimeras would be brought to term, but would be killed after 14 days of existence.
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For a country that has been exporting coffee since 1835 and claims to produce the finest-quality beans of any major producer, such a state of affairs is a body blow.
For Lorien to embrace SAP would be a body blow for Baan Company NV, which two weeks ago forecast 1998 losses of $250m, more than twice the expected amount.
Mr Alexander said:"These figures are another body blow to Alex Salmond's credibility on the economy and public services.
WHAT a body blow for the Lib-Dems Thursday's elections were, sending out a conclusive message to their leader Nick Clegg, left.
With less than six weeks until the opening Test in Brisbane the national side have given themselves an early body blow, thanks to a punch to Anderson's midriff in a boxing session.
JOHN LLOYD defended his decision to rest Andy Murray as Britain's Davis Cup hopes took a body blow.
You have to feel for James's mum, Denise; it must have been like a body blow to her when she found out.
Staff have already been hit by a massive body blow with the planned closure of the works - a shutdown intended to take place just after Christmas.
In the bottom half of the inning, UCLA junior Lisa Dodd added another body blow, sending an inside pitch from USF starter Bree Spence high over the left-field fence and sending UCLA to a 2-0 victory Saturday afternoon in the first game of the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional at Easton Stadium.
Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "The poll findings are a body blow for these plans.