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(God) bless you

1. A 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 (someone's) (little) cotton socks

An expression of endearment, fondness, or appreciation for another person. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Look at this picture that my sweet daughter drew me, bless her cotton socks! Bless his little cotton socks—Johnny knew I wasn't feeling well, so he brought me breakfast in bed.
See also: bless, cotton, sock

bless (someone's) heart

An expression of endearment, fondness, or appreciation for another person. Look at this picture that my sweet daughter drew me, bless her heart! Bless your heart, Jean. I know I can always count on you to help me in a crisis.
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

gods bless you

1. A phrase wishing the blessings of the gods of one's beliefs upon someone. We will never forget your help. Gods bless you. Farewell, and gods bless you on your journey across the world!
2. An expression of one's appreciation for another person or something they have done. A: "Here, I got coffee for you too." B: "Oh, gods bless you! I'm so tired today."
See also: bless, god

may the gods bless you

1. A phrase wishing the blessings of the gods of one's beliefs upon someone. We will never forget your help. May the gods bless you. Farewell, and may the gods bless you on your journey across the world!
2. An expression of one's appreciation for another person or something they have done. A: "Here, I got coffee for you too." B: "Oh, may the gods bless you! I'm so tired today."
See also: bless, god, may

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

bless you

Used to wish good health to a person who has just sneezed.
See also: bless
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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L'un des blesses est agent de la direction des forets tandis que le deuxieme appartient a la direction generale des prisons.
La mine a explose aux alentours de 20h30 et a blesse deux hommes, qui ont ete admis d'urgence a l'hopital.
Then after Noah is blessed with progeny (9:1) he blesses God, the first use of b-r-kh by a human (9:26), and the most profoundly positive utterance he can imagine.
When b-r-kh is from one human being to another, the text always defines them: Melchizedek blesses Abram with prowess (14:19); Laban and their mother bless Rebekah with progeny (24:6); Laban invokes a blessing of Abraham with prosperity (24:31).
Jesus reverses roles, as God did with Abraham, becomes their host, and blesses the two disciples by his presence in word and action.