bloody nose

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bloody nose (plural bloody noses)

  1. A nose that is bleeding internally.
  2. (colloquial) A minor defeat.
    • 2009, James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War I (page 46)
      He did not think it could be done and preferred to fight a battle in the morning, give the Germans a bloody nose, and then scoot off while they recovered.

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