body blow


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body blow

n.
1. In boxing, a blow delivered to the front of the torso above the waist.
2. A serious setback; a major disappointment.

body blow

n
1. (Boxing) boxing Also called: body punch a blow to the body of an opponent
2. a severe disappointment or setback: unavailability of funds was a body blow to the project.
Translations

body blow

n (fig) → duro colpo
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