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(God) bless you
1. An phrase wishing good health to someone who has just sneezed. God bless you! Do you need a tissue? Bless you! That was a big sneeze!
2. A phrase wishing God's blessings upon someone. We will never forget your help. God bless you.
3. An expression of one's appreciation for another person. In this usage, "God" is not usually used. A: "Here, I got coffee for you too." B: "Oh, bless you! I'm so tired today."
bless (one) with (something)
1. To bestow something favorable upon someone, as of a gift from God. The Lord has blessed us with fine weather during the harvest season.
2. To anoint someone with something during a religious ritual. The priest blessed the baby with holy oil during the baptism ceremony.
bless (one's) (lucky) star(s)
An expression of appreciation for a beneficial occurrence. You should bless your lucky stars that you managed to avoid that violent car accident. We bless our lucky star that we were able to get a home in this neighborhood at such a reasonable price.
bless (one's) cotton socks
An expression of one's fondness for another person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Look at this picture that my sweet daughter drew me, bless her cotton socks!
bless (one's) heart
An expression of one's fondness or appreciation for another person. Look at this picture that my sweet daughter drew me, bless her heart! I know I can always count on you to help me in a crisis, bless your heart.
bless my stars
An exclamation of surprise. Oh, bless my stars! Don't sneak up on me like that!
bless the world with (one's) heels
To be hanged. A: "Did you hear what happened to the fellow that got caught robbing the general store? He blessed the world with his heels today." B: "Wow. I didn't know that was an offense punishable by hanging."
bless your pointy little head
A condescending phrase used to patronize someone for being foolish or not very bright. You failed the exam because you thought the sun was a planet? Aw, bless your pointy little head.
A valediction expressing the speaker's hope for the listener's safety. Have a nice trip, my friend. God bless.
not have a penny to bless (oneself) with
old-fashioned To be extremely poor; to have very little or no money to spend. When I stepped off the boat, I didn't have a penny to bless myself with, but I knew the future was bright. They used to be so well off, but the economy crashed and their business closed, and they don't have a penny to bless themselves with anymore.
Bless one's lucky star,and Bless one's stars.
Prov. Be thankful for a lucky thing that happened. (Also Bless my Stars!, a mild interjection of surprise.) I bless my lucky star that I met you, dear. I was in a car crash yesterday, and I bless my stars that no one was hurt. Alan: Look, honey! I gave the house a thorough cleaning while you were away. Jane: Bless my stars!
bless someone or something with something
[for God or fate] to give someone or something a valuable gift. God has blessed us with a bountiful harvest. Nature blessed the morning with a gentle rain.
not have a penny to bless yourself withbe completely impoverished. dated
This expression refers either to the cross on the silver pennies which circulated in England before the reign of Charles II or to the practice of crossing a person's palm with silver for luck.
bless(British English, spoken, approving) used to express affection for somebody when you hear about something they have said or done: ‘And then he offered to cook supper for us.’ ‘Oh, bless!’
ˌbless his, her, etc. (little) cotton ˈsocks(British English, humorous) used to express your affection for somebody because of something they have said or done: And the kids brought me breakfast in bed — bless their little cotton socks!
1 (spoken) said to somebody after they have sneezed (= made a loud noise through the nose)
2 (old-fashioned) used for expressing thanks or affection: Bless you, my dear. It’s most kind of you to help.
ˈbless you, him, etc.(also ˌbless your, his, etc. ˈheart less frequent) (spoken) used to express affection for somebody who has just been mentioned: Sarah, bless her, had made a cup of tea. ♢ Your mother, bless her heart, is the only friend I have.
God ˈblessused when you are leaving somebody, to say that you hope they will be safe, etc: Good night, God bless.
Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.