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new blood

Additional, fresh individuals regarded as an invigorating force, as in an organization. For example, The board could really use some new blood next year. This metaphoric expression, first recorded in 1853, alludes to a blood transfusion and employs new in the sense of “fresh.”
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  • Tear me away, I say: the veins rise; they blacken; they are filling with new blood.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • That is the force in the new blood—by summer I shall be quite well.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
  • No new blood has been introduced, and no deer have died of disease.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • But he believed also in "new blood," and was for ever on the look-out for it.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • The cornea, or parts of it, may become of a deep pink or salmon colour from the formation in it of new blood vessels.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Out-crossing or mixing in of new blood is better than hit-or-miss inbreeding.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • This was an enormous accession of new blood to a society which in 1904 had only 730 members in all.

  • They are weakening physically, and pray for new blood from the Western reservation.

  • I've given 'em a good deal of valerian and assafoetida,—not quite so much since the new blood came in.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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