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draw first blood

To be the first to gain an advantage or score against an opponent. I drew first blood in the tournament and quickly dispatched my opponent.
See also: blood, draw, first
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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