bleed [bli:d] v past tense and past participle bled [bled]
5 bleed red ink
[: Old English; Origin: bledan, from blod; BLOOD]
1.) ¦(BLOOD)¦
to lose blood, especially because of an injury
Your nose is bleeding.
Tragically, she bled to death .
bleed profusely/heavily
(=bleed a lot)
Mrs Burke was found unconscious and bleeding profusely.
b) [T]
to take some blood from someone's body, done in the past in order to treat a disease
When he fell sick several days later, he had a doctor bleed him.
2.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [T]
to force someone to pay an unreasonable amount of money over a period of time
His ex-wife clearly intends to bleed him for every last penny.
bleed sb dry/white
(=take all their money, possessions etc)
The ten-year war has bled the country dry.
3.) ¦(AIR/LIQUID)¦ [T]
to remove air or liquid from a system in order to make it work properly, for example from a heating system
We need to bleed the radiators.
4.) ¦(COLOUR)¦ [I]
to spread from one area of cloth or paper to another
= ↑run
Wash it in cold water so the colours don't bleed.
5.) bleed red ink [i]informal
if a company or business bleeds red ink, it loses a lot of money rather than making money
Analysts predict the retailer will continue to bleed red ink, with losses topping $180 million.
my heart bleeds (for sb) atheart

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