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    bloody field

    "A second charge also failed. As Union and Confederate generals would soon learn on battlefields from Corinth, Miss., to Gettysburg, a ferocious foe in an entrenched position had a tremendous advantage. The bloody field filled with French bodies."

    From https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.5df22d7d5027

    Does “bloody field” here mean the field was filled with dead bodies?

    Let’s suppose a bloody battle is going on in the field. Even though the battle is not over yet, can I still call the field “the bloody field”?



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    #2

    Re: bloody field

    It suggests many casualties - dead or wounded.

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    #3

    Re: bloody field

    It can also be taken more literally - the field was actually soaked in the blood of the dead and injured.
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    Re: bloody field

    So it simply means the field was actually soaked in the blood of the dead and injured. Whether the battle in the field was over or not is not relevant. Am I correct?
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    Re: bloody field

    Quote Originally Posted by luxury20041985 View Post
    So it simply means the field was actually soaked in the blood of the dead and injured.
    No, not literally. That phrase is used to conjure up an image of carnage.
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    Re: bloody field

    As I said in post #3, it can be taken literally.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Jul-2019 at 23:37. Reason: Fixed typo. Thanks, Piscean.
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    Re: bloody field

    We don't have enough blood in our bodies to soak a field with it. That is a gruesome image though.
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    Re: bloody field

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    We don't have enough blood in our bodies to soak a field with it. That is a gruesome image though.
    One person doesn't but multiple casualties might.
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    #9

    Re: bloody field

    If you think so.
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    Re: bloody field

    Ngram shows that "blood-soaked battlefield" was used more, unsurprisingly, around/after World War I and World War II. I know that's not the exact words the OP demonstrated but it's the idea I had in mind.
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