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    "bled onto"

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "the mean streets of New York bled onto the basketball court"

    in this context:

    {he experienced tragedy first-hand when the mean streets of New York bled onto the basketball court and claimed the life of Lloyd Newton, a local hero who was killed while playing in a youth organized tournament.}

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: "bled onto"

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "the mean streets of New York bled onto the basketball court"

    in this context:

    {he experienced tragedy first-hand when the mean streets of New York bled onto the basketball court and claimed the life of Lloyd Newton, a local hero who was killed while playing in a youth organized tournament.}

    Thanks a lot.
    It's an unusual, and in my view inappropriate, use of the verb "bleed". It means that the violence from the streets of New York came onto the basketball court.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 23-Jan-2012 at 13:32.

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    Re: "bled onto"

    I don't entirely agree, though it's using (intentionally or by happy accident) an additional sense of 'bleed' used by printers/typesetters/book designers.... When a picture is not separated from the edge of the paper by a margin, it is said to 'bleed'. {Whimsical aside: the part of a book where the left-hand page meets the right-hand page is called, in printers' jargon. 'the gutter' - which can lead to some pretty gory situations, with people 'bleeding into the gutter'.}

    But the idea is the same - the two worlds overlap.

    b

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