Bad blood

unfriendly or hostile relations; enmity; hostility; animosity:
When the territory was being settled there was bad blood between the farmers and the ranchers.
Contemporary Examples

It will be two independent nations fighting, armed with conventional weapons and no shortage of bad blood between them.
Birth of a Nation John Avlon July 8, 2011

They were a stark reminder of 60 years of bad blood in South Asia.
Sixty Years of Meddling and Bad Blood Alex Von Tunzelmann December 3, 2008

The result created quite a bit of “animosity and bad blood.”
How Eric Cantor Sabotaged Himself Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak June 10, 2014

Why do you think everyone loves to seize on any hint of discord or bad blood between you guys?
‘Saved by the Bell’ Star Dustin Diamond Doesn’t Want to Be a Jerk Anymore Kevin Fallon August 10, 2014

Several of our sources have told us of bad blood between Tice and Billings.
Anatomy of a Massacre Rick Outzen August 18, 2009

Historical Examples

For the old story is known throughout the shore, and Rodolph proved, in his fight with you, the bad blood in his veins.
The Tory Maid Herbert Baird Stimpson

Ay, truly, the bad blood that ran in his veins was his only inheritance!
The Genius Margaret Horton Potter

He was as little of a “poser” or of a “rotter” as he was of a prig, and there was not a drop of bad blood in his veins.
A Letter Book George Saintsbury

In spite of her bad blood the girl is surprisingly true and sweet.
Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland

It’s wonderful what a shake of the hands does for bad blood.
The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting

a feeling of intense hatred or hostility; enmity
Anger or hostility between persons or groups, as in There’s been bad blood between the two families for years. This term is based on the old association with blood and emotion, particularly anger. Versions such as ill blood preceded it; Charles Lamb was among the first to use the idiom in its current form in an 1823 essay.


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