1 tube carrying blood in the body
ADJ. blue A blue vein throbbed in his forehead. | broken, thread, varicose She uses make-up to hide the thread veins in her cheeks. | jugular
VERB + VEIN course/run along/through, flow through, pump through, race through, rush through He felt the adrenalin coursing through his veins.
VEIN + VERB bulge, pulse, stand out, throb The veins stood out on her throat and temples.
2 particular style/quality
VERB + VEIN hit, strike The team have hit a rich vein of form recently. | tap (into)
PREP. ~ of The writer tapped into a rich vein of humour in the play.
PHRASES in a different vein, in a lighter/more serious vein Fortunately, the rest of the evening continued in a lighter vein. | in the same vein/in a similar vein