get a bloody nose

get a bloody nose

1. Literally, to begin to experience blood flowing from one's nose. I always seem to get a bloody nose in dry climates like this. I didn't get a bloody nose because someone hit me, Mom—I fell at the playground.
2. To receive an injury to one's emotions or pride. A: "He got a bloody nose in the election all right." B: "Yeah, to lose when everyone expects you to win—that's rough."
See also: bloody, get, nose