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.
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(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 ]
noun (usually with the) a beautiful body idealized physical beauty Contemporary Examples This is What Actual Porn Stars Think of Celebrity Sex Tapes Richard Abowitz June 20, 2013 Historical Examples Narcissus Evelyn Scott Married Love Marie Carmichael Stopes
a small, flexible plastic surfboard, ridden lying down. Contemporary Examples Suicide Crisis: Why the Military Needs Mandatory Mental-Health Services Marjorie Morrison September 26, 2012 noun another name for bodyboard noun Usage Note A skateboard A kind of surfboard (1970s+)
the lower transverse member of a car body to which the body center plate is attached.
See under Brussels carpet. a carpet made with three-ply or four-ply worsted yarn drawn up in uncut loops to form a pattern over the entire surface (body Brussels) or made of worsted or woolen yarns on which a pattern is printed (tapestry Brussels) noun a worsted carpet with a heavy pile formed by uncut loops […]