On reading an academic paper, I encountered the following sentence:

"Between the neighbors runs bad blood".

This sentence is treated as metaphorical, but I can't guess what it means since no context has been provided.

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Bad Blood
- the feelings of hate between people because of arguments in the past (often + between)

For example:

Police say the arson attack may have been the result of bad blood between the two families.

The sentence :

"Between the neighbors runs bad blood"

means that there's a hate or an argument between the neighbors.

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    Your answer would be even better if you included an external reference such as idioms.thefreedictionary.com (hint hint) Oct 8, 2016 at 1:25

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