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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.
    • 2021 April 7, Christian Wolmar, “Electrification is a given... but comfort matters as well”, in RAIL, number 928, page 47:
      It does highlight some of the difficulties, but does not dare state the bleeding obvious, which is that neither are likely to play a major part in delivering a decarbonised agenda on the railways - [...].


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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