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[nohz-bleed] /ˈnoʊzˌblid/
bleeding from the nose.
Origin of nosebleed
late Middle English
1400-50 as plant name; 1850-55 for def 1; late Middle English; see nose, bleed Unabridged
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bleeding from the nose, as the result of injury, etc Technical name epistaxis
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Word Origin and History for nose-bleed

1848, from nose (n.) + bleed (n.).

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nose-bleed in Medicine

nosebleed nose·bleed (nōz'blēd')
A nasal hemorrhage; bleeding from the nose.

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Slang definitions & phrases for nose-bleed



  1. : Sitting next to Bob Ueker up there in Nosebleed Heaven/ I passed the evening of January
  2. in the nosebleed section of the Louisiana Superdome watching Alabama claim the championship/ were forced to watch the show standing behind nosebleed seats in the balcony


Putative nasal bleeding caused by high altitudes: $50. This is the dreaded 400 section of Madison Square Garden. Short of flying on the Concorde, a seat here offers one of the most glamorous nosebleeds available anywhere (mid-1980s+ Sports)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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