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