nosebleed seats

seats in a theater or stadium with bad visibility


nosebleed seats = die billigsten Sitzplätze im Stadion, die ganz weit oben unter dem Dach sind; Rasiersitze



“Platinum prices for the concert apply everywhere from the blocks next to the stage to the NOSEBLEED SEATS in the stadium’s upper tier - where the front four rows are earmarked as £150 priority seats.”

Mark Savage — BBC Music reporter (3rd January 2018)

Did you

nosebleed seats (also nosebleed section)
colloquial phrase

- a common, tongue-in-cheek reference to having seats at the upper tiers of a stadium or theatre

- seats very high up in a stadium or theater, as for a sporting event, musical performance, play, etc., which typically cost less money but have a restricted view

Wikipedia / The Free Dictionary


The term “nosebleed seats” appeared in print as early as 1953 when it was used to describe the last row in the end zone at Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium (later John F. Kennedy Stadium) during that year’s Army-Navy football game.

Nosebleed in the literal sense, “bleeding from the nose”, dates from the mid-19th century. The word was used as early as the 15th century as a common name (nosebleed plant) for Achillea millefolium, a herbal plant that was once used to stop the flow of blood.


- count noses = to count the number of people in a group to ensure that everyone is present (Let’s count noses to see how many taxis we need to get to the event.)

- powder nose = to go to the bathroom, typically used by women (I’ll join you at the table in a minute, I just need to powder my nose.)

- follow your nose = to walk straight ahead; to follow one’s instinct (follow your nose to the end of the corridor. His office is on the right.)

- have a nose for something = to have an intuitive ability to detect or excel at something (He has a nose for determining which way the stock market is going to move.)

- on the nose = precisely accurate; exactly right (His predictions about the company’s collapse were right on the nose.)

- pay through the nose = pay an excessive amount for something (We paid through the nose for that vacation.)

- it’s no skin off my nose = it is no or very little concern of mine; it poses no difficulty, threat, or risk to me (It’s no skin off my nose if he wants to invest in crypto currency. It’s his own money.)

SMUGGLE OWAD into an English conversation, say something like:

“Have you ever ended up in a NOSEBLEED SEAT and wondered why on earth you went to the show?”

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