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a blow driven to the opponent’s body between the breastbone and the navel.
any action that causes severe damage, losses, etc.:
Our business received a body blow in the recession.
Historical Examples

The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 2 of 2) Ida Husted Harper

(boxing) Also called body punch. a blow to the body of an opponent
a severe disappointment or setback: unavailability of funds was a body blow to the project
An action that causes severe damage, as in This last recession dealt a body blow to our whole industry. This term comes from boxing, where since the 18th century it has been used to refer to a punch that is landing between the opponent’s chest and navel. [ c. 1900 ]


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