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  • IPA(key): /ˈbliːdɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -iːdɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: bleed‧ing



  1. present participle of bleed


bleeding (not comparable)

  1. Losing blood
  2. (Britain, slang, intensifier) extreme, outright; see also bloody (sense 3).
    • "You are a bleeding liar. Truth is of no interest to you at all." — [1]
    • 2004, DrusillaDax, “Battlefields”, in Sensus Fanfiction Archive[2], retrieved 2014-10-08:
      "You are a bleeding idiot sometimes, but I love you and", Harry hands him the first gift Severus ever gave him and says, "One hundred and sixteen."


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bleeding (not comparable)

  1. (Britain, slang) used as an intensifier: Extremely.
    His car's motor is bleeding smoking down the motorway.
    It turns out he was too bleeding cheap to ever drain the oil.


bleeding (countable and uncountable, plural bleedings)

  1. The flow or loss of blood from a damaged blood vessel.
    Internal bleeding is often difficult to detect and can lead to death in a short time.
    • 2013 June 1, “A better waterworks”, in The Economist[3], volume 407, number 8838, page 5 (Technology Quarterly):
      An artificial kidney these days still means a refrigerator-sized dialysis machine. Such devices mimic [] real kidneys []. But they are nothing like as efficient, and can cause bleeding, clotting and infection—not to mention inconvenience for patients, who typically need to be hooked up to one three times a week for hours at a time.
  2. (medicine, historical) Bloodletting.
    • 1833, R. J. Bertin, Charles W. Chauncy, transl., Treatise on the Diseases of the Heart, and Great Vessels, Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blnachard, page 24:
      Notwithstanding the employ of general and local bleeding, blisters, &c., the patient died on the fourth day after entrance.


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