bleed for

bleed for someone

Fig. to feel the emotional pain that someone else is feeling; to sympathize or empathize with someone. I just bled for him when I heard his sad story. We bled for her as she related her recent woes.
See also: bleed

bleed for somebody/something

to suffer for someone or something My father said that when he was in college he was a hopeless liberal who bled for causes.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of bleed for someone/something (to be injured or killed while supporting an idea or protecting your country)
See also: bleed
References in classic literature ?
My heart bleed for that poor boy, that dear boy, so of the age of mine own boy had I been so blessed that he live, and with his hair and eyes the same.
In haemophilia, an inherited deficiency of blood clotting factors because of abnormal genes, even a small cut may bleed for hours or days and there may be episodes of spontaneous bleeding.
The HemCon(R) Dental Dressing also performed very well on patients who were on bloodthinners, who normally bleed for longer times.