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bleeding

[blee-ding] /ˈbli dɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act, fact, or process of losing blood or having blood flow.
2.
the act or process of drawing blood from a person, especially surgically; bloodletting.
3.
the extension of color beyond an edge or border, especially so as to combine with a contiguous color or to affect an adjacent area.
adjective
4.
sending forth blood:
a bleeding sore.
5.
feeling, expressing, or characterized by extreme or excessive anguish and compassion.
6.
British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
bleeding fool.
adverb
7.
British Slang. (used as an intensifier):
a bleeding silly idea.
Origin of bleeding
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English (noun and adj.); see bleed, -ing1, -ing2
Related forms
nonbleeding, adjective, noun
unbleeding, adjective
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bleeding

/ˈbliːdɪŋ/
adjective, adverb (Brit, slang)
1.
(intensifier): a bleeding fool, it's bleeding beautiful
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Word Origin and History for nonbleeding

bleeding

n.

late 14c., "a flowing out of blood;" mid-15c. as "a drawing out of blood;" verbal noun formed after earlier present participle adjective (early 13c.) of bleed. Figurative use is from 1796. As a euphemism for bloody, from 1858. In U.S. history, Bleeding Kansas, in reference to the slavery disputes in that territory 1854-60, is attested from 1856, said to have been first used by the New York "Tribune."

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