bleed meaning

[ bli:d ] Pronunciation:   "bleed" in a sentence
Verb: bleed (bled)  bleed
  1. Lose blood from one's body
    - shed blood, hemorrhage [N. Amer], haemorrhage [Brit, Cdn] 
  2. Draw blood
    "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"
    - leech, phlebotomize, phlebotomise [Brit] 
  3. Get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    "They bled me dry--I have nothing left!" 
  4. Be diffused
    - run 
  5. Drain of liquid or steam
    "bleed the radiators"; "the mechanic bled the engine"

Derived forms: bled, bleeds, bleeding

See also: bleeder, bleeding

Type of: care for, diffuse, discharge, eject, empty, exhaust, expel, extort, fan out, gouge, rack, release, spread, spread out, squeeze, treat, wring

Encyclopedia: Bleed

[American slang]
tr. to drain someone of money through extortion or continuous demands for payment.
• You can't bleed me anymore. I'm tapped.
• I'm going to bleed you till I get what I deserve.

verb (bled, bled //)

1 [+ obj or no obj] (used especially in the continuous tenses)

(about a company) to lose a large amount of sth, especially money or jobs:

The business is bleeding cash at the rate of about $1 million a day.

The fishing industry has been bleeding jobs for years.

The group's consumer electronics division is bleeding heavily.

2 [+ obj]

to take away a large amount of sb's money or resources:

The banking system has been bled of resources by the government this year.


bleed sb dry/white

to take away all sb's money:

The big corporations are bleeding some of these small countries dry.

"To let a fluid, such as air or liquid oxygen, escape under controlled conditions from a pipe, tank, or the like through a valve or outlet."

vb bled ; bleed·ing vi
1 : to emit or lose blood ‹hemophiliacs often bleed severely from the slightest scratch›
2 : to escape by oozing or flowing (as from a wound)
¦ vt : to remove or draw blood from ‹at one time the surgeon bled the patient for any and every ill›


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  1. i fall upon the thorns of life, i bleed.
  2. a nation bleeds for its dead heroes.
  3. the valve shown has a pilot and a bleed orifice.
  4. the air passage is called the air bleed.
  5. the wound bleeds profusely.

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