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bloody nose

noun a bleeding from the nose. Compare blood nose, nosebleed.

Contributor's comments: I think the term blood nose is actually the shortened version of "Bloody Nose". In my day "Bloody" was a swear word and you got a clip around the ears for using it in any context.

Contributor's comments: [Central West NSW informant] As kids we always gave someone a "bloody nose" but they got a "bleeding nose". Only adults said "nosebleed".

Contributor's comments: When I was a kid we used Bloody nose, it was the only time we could bloody without getting in to trouble.