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- Short for (may) God bless you: said as a short prayer for the recipient.
- (idiomatic) Said to someone who has just sneezed, as a polite remark.
- Synonym: gesundheit
- (idiomatic, humorous) Used to express non-understanding of someone who has just used an unusual or foreign word or phrase (as if to imply that it sounds like a sneeze).
- 2000 July 8, J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter; 4), London: Bloomsbury Publishing, →ISBN:
- “What's that?” said Ron, pointing at a large dish of some sort of shellfish stew that stood beside a large steak-and-kidney pudding.
“Bouillabaisse,” said Hermione.
“Bless you,” said Ron.
“It's French,” said Hermione, “I had it on holiday summer before last. It's very nice.”
- Saying bless you after a sneeze is not considered particularly religious. The remark is used by and toward those who belong to a religion as well as those who do not.
short for "God bless you" — see God bless you
said to somebody who has sneezed