in cold blood

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blood definition


  1. n.
    catsup. : Somebody pass the blood.

  2. Go to blood (brother). :
  3. n.
    a black buddy or fellow gang member. (Streets. Also a term of address.) : My bloods aren't going to like this.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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in cold blood definition


  1. mod.
    without feeling; with cruel intent. : Rocko kills in cold blood and never gives it a thought.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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in cold blood

In a purposely ruthless and unfeeling manner, as in The whole family was murdered in cold blood. This expression alludes to the notion that blood is the seat of emotion and is hot in passion and cold in calm. The term therefore means not "in the heat of passion," but "in a calculated, deliberate manner." [Late 1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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