Blood is the red liquid that runs through our veins and carries oxygen around our bodies.


FUN FACT – There is no plural for blood, it’s always singular. For example

  • I cut myself and blood was spurting everywhere.
  • There was blood all over the murder weapon.

blood idioms list

Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘blood’.

  • bad blood
    meaning – bitterness/hostility between people
    example – There is bad blood between us. We fell out over a fence years ago.
  • blood brothers
    meaning – men who swear to treat each other as brothers
    example – This means that we’re blood brothers and that we’ll always have to stand by each other.
  • blood is thicker than water
    meaning – family is more important than any other relationship
    example – Do I go to my cousin’s wedding or a festival with my friends? Blood is thicker than water.
  • blood money
    meaning – money received due to others misfortune/suffering
    example – I could never be a hitman; blood money makes me sick.
  • blood runs cold
    meaning – be terrified/frightened
    example – The screams of the trapped workers made everyone’s blood run cold.
  • draw blood
    meaning – make someone bleed
    example – My parrot bit me. Luckily it didn’t draw blood, they have sharp beaks.
  • draw first blood
    meaning – the first person to score/succeed/attack
    example – The greens have drawn first blood, this is going to be one hell of a match.
  • flesh and blood
    meaning – a close relative
    example – Mary shopped her son to the police. How could she do that to her own flesh and blood.
  • have blood on one’s hands
    meaning – be responsible for someone’s death
    example – The president sent the troops to war without proper weapons. He’s got blood on his hands.
  • in cold blood
    meaning – deliberately, ruthlessly, without emotion
    example – Joey was killed in cold blood whilst walking home from a party.
  • in one’s blood
    meaning – a skill/characteristic you have inherited from your family
    example – I’m good with numbers, it’s in my blood. My dad and grandad are accountants.
  • like getting blood from stone
    meaning – very difficult to get something from someone
    example – Good luck trying to get your money back from Michael. It’s like getting blood from a stone.
  • make one’s blood boil
    meaning – makes you very angry
    example – It makes our blood boil to think he was living under our roof and stealing from us.
  • out for blood
    meaning – determined to beat/punish someone
    example – Jeff slapped his girlfriend. Her brothers are out for blood.

blood idioms list with pictures

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idiomatic expressions with body parts - blood
blood idioms list - bad blood
blood body idioms - blood brothers meaning
blood idioms and expressions- blood is thicker than water
common blood idioms - blood money meaning
blood idioms - blood runs cold
blood idioms and expressions - draw blood meaning
body idioms - BLOOD - draw first blood
body idioms - BLOOD - flesh and blood
body idioms - BLOOD - have blood on one's hands meaning
body idioms - BLOOD - in cold blood meaning
blood idiom list - in one's blood
common blood idioms in English - like getting blood from a stone
common blood idioms in English - make one’s blood boil meaning
common blood idioms in English - out for blood

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