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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.
See also: bless, head, little, pointy

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."
See also: bless, heel, world

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!
See also: bless, cotton, sock

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.
See also: bless, heart

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.
See also: bless, lucky

bless my stars

An exclamation of surprise. Oh, bless my stars! Don't sneak up on me like that!
See also: bless, star

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.
See also: bless

(God) bless you

1. An phrase wishing good health to someone who has just sneezed. God bless you! Do you need a tissue?
2. An expression of one's appreciation for another person. "God" is not usually mentioned in this usage. A: "Here, I got coffee for you too." B: "Oh, bless you! I'm so tired today."
See also: bless

God bless

A valediction expressing the speaker's hope for the listener's safety. Have a nice trip, my friend. God bless.
See also: bless, god

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 new 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.
See also: bless, have, not, penny

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!
See also: bless, lucky, star

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.
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not have a penny to bless yourself with

be 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.
See also: bless, have, not, penny

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!
See also: bless, cotton, sock

ˈbless you


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.
See also: bless

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.
See also: bless

God ˈbless

used when you are leaving somebody, to say that you hope they will be safe, etc: Good night, God bless.
See also: bless, god

bless you

Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
See also: bless
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Ambrose (338-397) encouraged parents to bless their children, saying, "You may not be rich; you may be unable to bequeath great possessions to your children; but there is one thing you can give them--the heritage of your blessing.
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Their assumption is that humans can acknowledge and praise the reality of God, but not cause God to be blessed; theologically, praising God is acceptable, but daring to bless God is deemed arrogant.
The resolution passed by the Eastern Synod would have allowed a pastor to bless the unions of same-sex couples but only after a two-thirds majority vote by his or her congregation and after consultation with the bishop.
When we bless a place, we are praising God for the people who act in this space and are asking him to bless them and what they do there.
Scott Bless has resigned after five seasons as football coach at South Eugene.
I will make of you a great nation[ldots] and bless you,[ldots] and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you.
According to Pierre Bennett, God will bless those who stay in line with His will for as long and with as much as they can handle.
Bless the Lord, dews and falling snow; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever.
BURBANK - Thousands of Armenian-Americans are expected to turn out this week to see Armenia's pontiff on his second visit to the western United States, including a stop in Burbank to bless the site of a planned cathedral.
A typical example of the new prose used is: "Most merciful Father, we therefore humbly pray and implore you through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, to accept and bless these gifts, these offerings, these holy and undefiled sacrifices.