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body blow

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbody blowˈbody blow noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1 DISAPPOINTEDa serious loss, disappointment, or defeat → blow 🔊 Hopes of economic recovery were dealt a body blow by this latest announcement.2 HITa hard hit between your neck and waist during a fight
Examples from the Corpus
body blow• But tomorrow, with just a few words, the Chancellor could deal the company a body blow.• The news Herrmann brought was like a body blow.• Suddenly the confidence of the new radicals received a body blow.• The news was a body blow and for several months the company was on a knife edge.• Every tale - depressing as it is in its own right represents another body blow to the leasing industry.• The heat had gradually become an expected body blow which was endurable with certain rules.
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