|E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.|
| Family descent.|| 1|
And hath made of one blood all nations of men.Acts xvii. 26.
| Blood thicker than water. Relationship has a claim which is generally acknowledged. It is better to seek kindness from a kinsman than from a stranger. Water soon evaporates and leaves no mark behind; not so blood. So the interest we take in a stranger is thinner and more evanescent than that which we take in a blood relation.|| 2|
Weel! bludes thicker than water. She s welcome to the cheeses and the hams just the same.Sir W. Scott: Guy Mannering.
| A Prince of the Blood. One of the Royal Family.|| 3|
| Bad blood. Anger, quarrels; as, It stirs up bad blood. It provokes to ill-feeling and contention.|| 4|
| Blue blood. (See under BLUE.)|| 5|
| Young blood. Fresh members; as, To bring young blood into the concern.|| 6|
| In cold blood. Deliberately; not in the excitement of passion or of battle.|| 7|
| It makes ones blood boil. It provokes indignation and anger.|| 8|
| It runs in the blood. It is inherited or exists in the family race.|| 9|
It runs in the blood of our family.Sheridan: The Rivals, iv. 2.
| My own flesh and blood. My own children, brothers, sisters, or other near kindred.|| 10|
| Laws written in blood. Demads said that the laws of Draco were written in blood, because every offence was punished by death.|| 11|
| The field of blood. Aceldama (Acts i. 19), the piece of ground purchased with the blood-money of our Saviour, and set apart for the burial of strangers.|| 12|
| The field of the battle of Cannæ, where Hannibal defeated the Romans, B.C. 216.|| 13|
| Blood of our Saviour. An order of knighthood in Mantua; so called because their special office was to guard the drops of the Saviours blood preserved in St. Andrews church, Mantua.|| 14|
| Blood and iron policyi.e. war policy. No explanation needed.|| 15|