Cold blood

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See under Blood, n., 8.

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I'm a cold-rife man by my nature; I have a cold blood, sir.
I haven't got the grit to go there and look at a paper in cold blood," he told Anne.
For these reasons, the trade of a soldier is held the most honourable of all others; because a soldier is a YAHOO hired to kill, in cold blood, as many of his own species, who have never offended him, as possibly he can.
Granted that my fancy for Hetty was only a cloud of illusions, still I could not, within a few days of her sudden death, go in cold blood to take part in a grotesque and heathenish mummery over her coffin.
They now exclaimed against punishing in cold blood, and sang forth the praises of mercy and forgiveness.
But now I went to it in cold blood, and my heart often sickened at the work of my hands.
By murdering a large and respected family in cold blood and afterward depositing their bodies in the water companies' reservoir, you will gain much unpopularity in the neighborhood of your crime, and even robbing a church will get you cordially disliked, especially by the vicar.
But the things which one says naturally enough when the emotions provoke them sound crude enough in cold blood and colder daylight.
The band's first album, Cold Blood, was released in November 2016 on Bandcamp.
He expressed sympathies with the family members of Asif Iqbal who was shot dead by the troops in cold blood in Kupwara on Saturday night.
A bodaboda operator was on Friday found murdered in cold blood in Marakwet East.
Charlene D'Avanzo; COLD BLOOD, HOT SEA; Torrey House Press (Fiction: Mystery) 14.