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body blow

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbody blowˈbody blow noun [countable]  1 DISAPPOINTEDa serious loss, disappointment, or defeatblow 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 blowBut 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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