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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for nosebleed
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  • Eldra was using a corner of her smock to stanch a nosebleed, and Olva had a bruise over one eye.

    Genesis H. Beam Piper
  • If you have a nosebleed, seize the nose with two straws shaped like a cross.

    Life on a Mediaeval Barony William Stearns Davis
  • By this time Ambrosch had come to his senses and was sputtering with nosebleed.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • "It's a plumb nuisance to have the nosebleed so much," he added plaintively.

    Lonesome Land B. M. Bower
  • Already there were two bad cases of black eye, and one of nosebleed, in the hospital.

    The Story of a Bad Boy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
British Dictionary definitions for nosebleed


bleeding from the nose, as the result of injury, etc Technical name epistaxis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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nosebleed in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for nosebleed



  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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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