first blood

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first blood (uncountable)

  1. The winning situation in a duel in which the first one to draw blood from the other wins.
  2. The first damage or reverse inflicted on an opponent in a conflict.
    • Rambo - They drew first blood, not me.
      Trautman - Look Johnny, let me come in and get you the hell out of there!
      Rambo - They drew first blood...
      Trautman - Rambo, are you still reading me? Covey leader to Raven! Rambo! Acknowledge!
  3. (sports) The first score in a competition.