[Vocabulary] streaming down

jctgf

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"The blood was streaming down his chin".

I heard this sentence in a movie. The guy was talking about a wound someone had got on the face during a fight.

I wonder if the "streaming down" usage is 100% common and usual in this context, or was it some poetic licence used in the film.

Would "the blood spilled down his chin" or "the blood was running down his chin" be also correct?

Summing up, how would a native speaker say this?

Thanks.
 

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Streaming or running down his chin work for me.
 

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Spilled doesn't seem quite as natural. The other two are common, or at least common when there's a need to speak of such a situation.

Most of us don't see blood on a daily basis, so there's not as many occasions to use such phrases, and of course the flow of blood also has to be fast enough to merit terms like 'streaming' or 'running' (as opposed to just 'oozing' or 'trickling'), but all things considered, yes they're commonly used.
 
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