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leaking

other word formation type widening; verb; analogy
'Leaking' is a slang verb meaning 'to bleed,' especially in the context of a fist fight or other physical confrontation. 'Leaking' is most likely used as a synonym for bleeding because bleeding is the "literal leaking" of blood out of one's body.
 
"Did that guy hit you? You're leaking, man!"
Etymology : 'Leaking' means "to let water in or out" [Johnson], late 14c., from Middle Dutch leken "to drip, to leak," or from Old Norse leka, both of them related to Old English leccan "to moisten" (which did not survive into Middle English), all from Proto-Germanic *lek- "deficiency" (cf. Old High German lecchen "to become dry," German lechzen "to be parched with thirst"), from PIE root *leg- "to dribble, trickle." (Cited from Etymonline)
Source : Overheard at a bar on Montrose. November 2013.
Last modified: 25 November 2013


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