Idiom:  bad blood (between people)


Idiom:  bad blood (between people)

  • bad or unfriendly relationships between people or groups of people

Example sentences

— There’s been bad blood between two of my best friends since they fought over the same girl this summer and now I have to see them separately.

— Unfortunately, there's bad blood between my parents since their divorce, especially since my mother is dating a successful young lawyer. 

— Family reunions are always interesting because there's so much bad blood between my relatives.

— There's a lot of bad blood between my old boyfriend and my new boyfriend but they're going to have to work it out because they're on the same football team.

— Do you have time to talk to me this evening? We live in the same house and I hate having bad blood between us.

— There's decades of bad blood between these two basketball teams so the final game of the year is always really tense.

— My colleagues and I used to be really close but since I was promoted to management there's been a lot of bad blood between us.

— That was awkward. Is there bad blood between Jennifer and Amy these days?

— Is there bad blood between your cousins or something? There's a lot of tension in the room.

— I always do whatever my sister wants because I don't want any bad blood between us.


  • ill will
  • hard feelings
  • no love lost
  • bear a grudge

Idioms in Music

Taylor Swift has a song called "Bad Blood." Check out the video below and some of the lyrics:

   'Cause, baby, now we've got bad blood

    You know it used to be mad love

   So take a look what you've done

   'Cause, baby, now we've got bad blood, hey!

   Now we've got problems

   And I don't think we can solve 'em

   You made a really deep cut

   And, baby, now we've got bad blood, hey!

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