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a bleeding heart
A person who shows an overwhelming and often ostentatious display of sympathy, especially for those perceived as victims. He only voted for the tax increase because he's a bleeding heart. He really believes all of that extra money is going to help the homeless.
be bleeding red ink
To be struggling financially, as of a business; to be consistently losing money. Red ink was traditionally used when indicating withdrawals from a business account. If our company is still bleeding red ink like this at the end of the quarter, we'll be in real danger of going bankrupt.
bleed (someone or something) dry
To take all of the resources that another person or thing has available. This phrase is often applied to money. Paying for my kids' education is just bleeding me dry. I hope I'll still be able to retire one day! Overhead costs are bleeding our business dry. We need to come up with a different way of doing things.
bleed (someone) white
To take all of the money that another person has, often through blackmail. The maid bled her famous employer white until he could no longer pay her the hush money.
bleed from (somewhere)
To lose blood from an injured part of the body. After the car accident, the driver was dazed and bleeding from the head. The patient is bleeding from the abdomen—he needs surgery right away.
See also: bleed
bleed like a (stuck) pig
To bleed profusely. Your hand is still bleeding like a stuck pig—it's time to go to the emergency room!
1. To die from blood loss. If we don't get him to a hospital soon, he's going to bleed out right here on the road!
2. To drain some or all the blood from a person or animal. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bleed" and "out." It is important to bleed the pig out before it is butchered. Doctors used to use leeches to bleed out their patients, thinking they could help get rid of "bad" blood.
3. To drain something of all or nearly all of some substance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bleed" and "out." If air gets trapped in your radiator, you'll need to bleed it out to get the heat circulating properly again.
4. To lose large amounts of some resource very quickly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "bleed" and "out." The company has been bleeding out money for the past year, so it seems doubtful they'll survive much longer. Our country has been bleeding talented workers out ever since this recession began, which is going to make it that much harder for our economy to recover.
bleed red ink
To be struggling financially, as of a business; to be consistently losing money. Red ink was traditionally used when indicating withdrawals from a business account. If our company continues to bleed red ink, we'll be in real danger of going bankrupt.
bleed to death
To die due to losing excessive amounts of blood. If we don't get this patient into surgery right away, he is going to bleed to death from internal injuries.
1. adjective Of or being in the most advanced position, practice, or technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. Sometimes hyphenated. Scientists at the local university are pioneering bleeding-edge cancer research. The company has released some of the most bleeding-edge smartphones in the world.
2. noun The most advanced position, practice, or technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. The work their organization is doing at the moment is the bleeding edge of public health. Anthony's fascination with gadgetry always has him at the bleeding edge of the latest technology.
from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious
Of such an obvious meaning or implication as to be completely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Pauline: "The Prime Minister has said that lower-class families are bearing the brunt of the recession worse than anyone else." Johnny: "Wow, any other riveting news from the Department of the Bleeding Obvious?"
on the bleeding edge
Having or knowledgeable of the most advanced technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. The university's laboratory is on the bleeding edge when it comes to cancer research. Their latest smartphone is truly on the bleeding edge.
stop the bleeding
To prevent further damage, loss, negative effects, etc., during a problematic situation. Likened to literally stopping blood loss during an injury. If we don't stop the bleeding now, the company might be in jeopardy of collapsing. We don't have time to figure out a long-term solution. For now, we just have to stop the bleeding.
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bleed to death
to die from the loss of blood. If something isn't done, he will bleed to death. I cut my finger. I hope I don't bleed to death.
Fig. someone, usually considered politically liberal or leftist, who is very emotional about certain political issues, such as endangered species, downtrodden people, the suffering poor, etc. Bob is such a bleeding heart. No cause is too far out for him.
on the bleeding edgeand on the leading edge
having the most advanced technology; knowing about the most advanced technology. (Alludes to the cutting edge of a sword.) This gadget is brand new. It's really on the bleeding edge. Tom is on the leading edge when it comes to optical storage technology.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
a bleeding heart
COMMON If you call someone a bleeding heart, you mean that they are too sympathetic towards people who claim to be poor or suffering. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. Crime can't be blamed on poverty, as the bleeding hearts always insist. Note: You can also say that someone has a bleeding heart. The Financial Times is not a newspaper known for its bleeding heart, but it has consistently pressed for the problem to be tackled. Note: Bleeding-heart is often used before a noun. He then attacked the `bleeding-heart liberals' who question the lengths of prison sentences. Compare with your heart bleeds for someone.
be bleeding red inkJOURNALISM
If a company is bleeding red ink, it has severe financial problems. Even large companies are bleeding red ink. The company reported huge losses for the year ended March 31, but vowed that after three straight years of bleeding red ink, the worst is behind them. Note: This expression comes from the practice in the past of using red ink to fill in entries on the debit side of a book of accounts.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
bleeding hearta person considered to be dangerously soft-hearted, typically someone too liberal or left-wing in their political beliefs. informal
2005 DVD Verdict Ed Bannon is the lone voice of antagonistic reason in an army filled with lily-livered bleeding hearts.
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on the bleeding edge
phr. having the most advanced technology; knowing about the most advanced technology. (Jocular. More advanced than on the cutting edge.) Tom is on the bleeding edge when it comes to optical storage technology.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
An excessively sympathetic or tender-hearted individual. The adjective bleeding has been used figuratively for full of anguish from pity or compassion since the late 1500s. Edmund Spenser so used it in The Faerie Queene: “These bleeding words she gan to say.” The cliché is much newer, dating from the first half of the twentieth century. I. T. Ross had it in Murder out of School (1960), “A lot of bleeding-hearts got the idea they knew about everything.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer