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body blow

noun, Boxing.
1.
a blow driven to the opponent's body between the breastbone and the navel.
2.
any action that causes severe damage, losses, etc.:
Our business received a body blow in the recession.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95
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British Dictionary definitions for body-blow

body blow

noun
1.
(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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body blow

An action that causes severe damage, as in This last recession dealt a body blow to our whole industry. This term comes from boxing, where since the 18th century it has been used to refer to a punch that is landing between the opponent's chest and navel. [ c. 1900 ]
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