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draw blood

1. To take blood from one, as with a needle in a medical setting. The doctor wants to draw blood to see what my cholesterol levels are. We just need to draw some blood before the surgery.
2. To injure one or oneself to the point of bleeding. That bit of tissue is on my face because I drew blood while shaving this morning. I can't believe that skinny little kid drew blood when he punched the bully in the nose!
3. By extension, to cause one to become very angry or emotional. I'm usually a calm person, but Addison always manages to say something that draws blood.
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draw blood

 
1. Lit. to hit or bite (a person or an animal) and make a wound that bleeds. The dog chased me and bit me hard, but it didn't draw blood. The boxer landed just one punch and drew blood immediately.
2. Fig. to anger or insult a person. Sally screamed out a terrible insult at Tom. Judging by the look on his face, she really drew blood. Tom started yelling and cursing, trying to insult Sally. He wouldn't be satisfied until he had drawn blood, too.
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draw blood

Injure someone physically or emotionally. For example, The bullet skimmed his shoulder and barely drew any blood, or That reviewer really knows how to draw blood. This term alludes to drawing blood for diagnostic purposes.
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The time difference between the blood measurements and readings using the SpectRx method was less than 15 minutes, with the added benefit of minimal cosmetic effects when compared to drawing blood through the use of lancets.
The experimental process, called LDL-pheresis, involves drawing blood from a patient, running it through a device that strips out the LDL and returning the blood to the patient.
The system is intended to address a strong need in adult applications (including drawing blood, IV catheter insertions and dermatology procedures).
The tabloid reported that Presley tried to kill herself and performed self-mutilation, drawing blood from her body and scrawling, ``Nobody loves me'' and ``I'm ugly'' on her arms.
Moreover, where deuterium oxide dilution requires drawing blood and underwater weighing requires immersion in a calibrated pool, the infrared technique can be completed in three minutes and may ultimately require no more than the rolling up of one's sleeve.
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The Billikens battered UCLA at every turn, banging bodies and drawing blood.
The Lasette's nearly painless method of drawing blood and ease of use certainly should increase compliance, while enhancing the patient's quality of life, making it an important development in the management and care of diabetes.
Able and purposeful during the war, she held her family together and worked fiercely through nights at the Kosevo Hospital, often drawing blood and tending patients by the flicker of her cigarette lighter.
The Lasette technology is the ultimate in a safety-engineered device, eliminating the possibility of a needle stick accident when drawing blood.
Since the researchers determined beta-carotene levels by drawing blood at the very start of the study, "this single determination of blood beta-carotene levels likely reflects dietary habits that have persisted for decades," he said.