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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."
See also: bless

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

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

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 my stars

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

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 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

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 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.
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.
See also: bless

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


(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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These vibrating spaces can be understood as aural architectures (Blesser and Salter, 2007) or acoustic territories (LaBelle, 2010), in which space is reconfigured through sound.
A propos des <<theories du 'care'>>, un des courants de la pensee feministe contemporaine, une definition eclairante est proposee par Fabienne Brugere, qui les presente ainsi : <<le care s'enracine dans des situations tellement particulieres qu'il en vient a caracteriser un comportement ethique indifferent aux regles abstraites d'une morale correctrice et proche d'une activite de soin, frequemment assignee aux femmes, soucieuse de maintenir les relations et de ne blesser personne>>.
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Blesser said that to prove the accuracy of its flight control system, a basketball was attached to the helicopter with a rope.
Ceci ne manquait pas de susciter des jalousies ou de blesser certains chauvinismes (notamment de quelques Francais) et bientot la squadra belga prit une dimension mythique, comme s'il s'agissait d'une organisation structuree, avec une direction centralisee et une puissante infrastructure.
Ce sur quoi j'ai vu un gros changement, c'est que j'ai moins peur de me blesser si je me mettais a courir, meme si j'etais en gougounes.
N'aurait-il pas du, dans les circonstanoes, no, pas renier sa foi, non pas la cacher, mais agir de facon que son nom ne fut en aucune facon associe a des actes, qui devaieat necessairement blesser les susceptibilites legitimes et les croyances respectables de la majorite des citoyens de la province?
Evolution is fascinating just because it has the potential to offer explanations about phenomena that would otherwise appear to have no explanation (Blesser & Salter, 2006: 317).
Sample words with /ss/ most frequently geminated included quintescence, rubescent, luminescent, and essaim, while blesser, dessin, osciller, and baisser were well down the list.
Alors, je retirai mes mains, non pas seulement pour mieux voir, mais surtout pour ne pas blesser les fines veines de la pierre qua cet instant de courtes palpitations faisaient vibrer.
Sauf que-lorsque l'on se risque dans des sujets E[umlaut]pineux avec ce qu'on croit E[logical not]tre une connaissance, on se fait parfois blesser. C'est ainsi que j'ai E[umlaut]tE[umlaut] assommE[umlaut]e par l'opinion d'une A1/2-connaissance-e.
Morrison, E., Fox, S., Burger, S., Goodloe, L., Blesser, J., & Gitter, K.