draw blood

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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References in classic literature ?
It must be a condition, too, that I am not to be bound to draw blood with the scourge, and that if any of the lashes happen to he fly-flappers they are to count.
But his distant moans do not greatly pain me now; rather am I elated to find (as the waters bring him nearer) that this boy is I, for it is something to know that, once upon a time, a woman could draw blood from me as from another.
When placed on a table, and though surrounded by people, if a finger was presented, the bold insect would immediately protrude its sucker, make a charge, and if allowed, draw blood.
First to draw blood was John, who gallantly climbed into the boat and held Starkey.
We are drawn up in a line, and we charge; and if we do not strike down those before us, they will begin to draw blood without asking leave, so you have to kill if you do not mean to be killed, and your conscience is quite easy.
This essential desk reference is intended for all healthcare professionals who draw blood specimens for laboratory testing including laboratory personnel, nursing professionals, medical assistants, and their educators.
The detective became irate when the nurse, following legal and hospital policies, declined to allow him to draw blood from an unconscious patient.
In the West, Ashura is perhaps most-often noted for self-flaggelation rites in which members of the faith flail their bare backs and draw blood to prove their willingness to sacrifice for the faith.
He first attacked his arm with a knife then used the razor when the knife failed to draw blood.
Twenty-eight percent of adult venipunctures and 44% of pediatric venipunctures require more than one stick to successfully draw blood.
teamwork - one to draw blood, the Unfortunately things didn't exactly go to plan.
It's recommended that they monitor their own glucose levels, but current monitoring devices typically require patients to perform the painful task of pricking their finger to draw blood for a test sample and many patients must do it several times each day.
Clinicians in both hospital and outpatient surgical settings have the ability to track and trend a patient's total hemoglobin status in real time to quickly identify conditions of anemia or blood loss without having to draw blood and wait for lab results.
The European Commission seems to be prepared to strike at the insurance market, but not to draw blood.
A SICK mum draw blood from a baby with a syringe then sprayed it on the tot's clothes to fool doctors it was seriously ill.