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- (boxing) A hard punch struck to the torso.
- 1896, Arthur Conan Doyle, chapter 11, in Rodney Stone:
- He led at Berks's head, as he came rushing in, and missed him, receiving a severe body blow in return.
- (idiomatic, by extension) A serious setback; a traumatizing event which prevents or hinders continuation of an activity.
- 1910, Stewart Edward White, chapter 43, in The Rules of the Game:
- "I can hardly exaggerate the body blow to the Service such a decision would give. Nobody will believe in it again."
- 1955 Sep. 5, "Medicine: Cutter Verdict," Time (retrieved 7 April 2014):
- The polio vaccination program took a body blow last spring when the disease developed in children injected with vaccine from the Cutter Laboratories of Berkeley, Calif.
- 2009 March 21, Mark Mazzetti, "The Downside of Letting Robots Do the Bombing," New York Times (retrieved 7 April 2014):
- [D]rone strikes . . . have delivered body blows to Al Qaeda's leadership in the tribal areas of northern Pakistan without risking a single American soldier on the ground.
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