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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Helfrich described Cal's mix on offense as "body blow, body blow, body blow, haymaker".
The 54-year-old saw his fledgling reign at St James' Park suffer another body blow on Wednesday when Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday dumped the Magpies out of the Capital One Cup.
But the loss of their most influential batsman of the series was more than a body blow as they slipped to 138 all out in 33 overs.
Jackett said: "It was a body blow to me personally on Friday; I could see the game slipping away from me and it was a horrible feeling over the weekend.
For instance there are some poor sods Whose title is reclaimed But others go on as before So proud to be defamed They've either got brass necks Or are too much in the know For fate to lay a hand on them Much less a body blow Perhaps it's always been like this Retribution for a few While others carry gaily on - Just doing what they do
The Tigers' realistic hopes of staying up have long since disappeared and they suffered another body blow on Saturday when they led 2-1 at home to Wrexham before losing 5-2.
The defeat is a body blow to the Londoners' title hopes and increases the pressure on boss Andre Villas-Boas.
TUC chief Brendan Barber told the Labour conference: "This is yet another devastating body blow to our manufacturing base.
This desperate attempt by the Ministry of Defence to save more money is a terrible body blow to our soldiers, including those who have just returned from Afghanistan.
This desperate attempt by the Ministry of Defence to save more money is a terrible body blow to our brave soldiers, including the those who have just returned from Afghanistan.
body blow for the British economy", a leading academic has warned.
In his first bout over three rounds of three minutes, Leather stepped up to light-welterweight to defeat open class home southpaw Dave Ferguson on unanimous points, inflicting a second round eight count with a body blow.