draw first blood

draw first blood

To be the first to have success in a particular area. I drew first blood in the tournament and quickly dispatched my opponent.
See also: blood, draw, first

draw first blood

JOURNALISM
If someone draws first blood in a game or conflict, they are the first to score or succeed. The Scots drew first blood with a drop goal from Gregor Townsend. Note: You can also say first blood to someone. Then came the John Hopoate mistake that ensured first blood to England.
See also: blood, draw, first
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Presently Numabo would draw first blood with his sharp spear which would be the signal for the beginning of the torture after a little of which the fagots would be lighted around the feet of the victims.
The coach, who helped shape back-to-back World Cup triumphs, will look to draw first blood against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday and Baker said: "He can really read a horse.
The hosts appeared firm favourites to draw first blood after reaching 271 for four in pursuit of 310 for victory, largely thanks to Imrul Kayes' second century against England in the space of four days and Shakib Al Hasan's quickfire fifty.
Pakistan are 9-2 to draw first blood with Sri Lanka 3-1.
And the Lions centre believes the winner will draw first blood ahead of their World Cup clash in September.
BEN STOKES put his World Cup disappointment to one side to help England Lions draw first blood in their unofficial one-day international series with South Africa A.
M DMI Party will draw first blood in the heart of Jat land -- Haryana's Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda's hometown Rohtak -- on February 23 to make its presence felt ahead of the upcoming general elections.
And Lewis Hamilton's team look set to draw first blood in the Battle of the Brits by signing McLaren's top man, technical director Paddy Lowe, as his replacement.
Celtic edge the outright betting at 4/6 for the title, and will be hoping they can draw first blood in today's Old Firm clash.
Dubai: Frank Pagelsdorf, the Al Nasr coach, and his Al Wasl counterpart Alexandre Guimaraes, are eager to draw first blood in the first of many Dubai derbies to be played between the city giants this season.
While the Brewers made the stronger start at the Welfare Ground, it was Ian Banks' side who opened the scoring when Marc Townsend ended a surging run with a well-placed shot to draw first blood on 20 minutes.
MAN of steel Jamie Peacock last night sprang to the defence of Great Britain team-mateAdrian Morley after his dramatic dismissal helped Australia draw first blood in an explosive start to the Ashes Series.
Kevin Sinfield, a specialist loose forward, will line up at stand-off alongside Grand Final man of the match Paul Deacon as Britain seek to draw first blood in the Don't Drink Drive Test Series.
First time the Bruins draw first blood all season, and it's theirs.
Jonathan Smith had taken just 24 minutes to draw first blood with a deflected effort - picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, ghosting past his marker and firing a shot which came off Jim Rollo and left keeper Ryan Robinson stranded.