black eye


Definition of black eye

1 : a discoloration of the skin around the eye from bruising
2a : defeat, setback
b : a bad reputation

Examples of black eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What followed has become a black eye for the Fulton government agency, a public relations embarrassment for the shipping giant and an unending source of pain for Merriweather’s family. Asia Simone Burns, ajc, 14 July 2022 While Newsom and Fletcher should cruise to re-election in November, homelessness is a black eye for the state and region. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2022 Adam Sandler is revealing what caused his black eye that made an appearance on live television. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 6 June 2022 With smoky black eye makeup, brows, and lips, this vibe reads more Friday the 13th than Sunday snuggles. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 July 2022 For her beauty look, the star wore her hair in a tight ponytail and forwent her signature smeared black eye shadow in favor of graphic eyeliner, drawn in loops around her bleached eyebrows. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 June 2022 Details were also not lost on Isabelle Boemeke, whose graphic black eye liner was only outdone by her over-the-top nails, complete with sparkling jewels and hard gold drips. Anna Haines, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Leto also sported silver boots, moody black eye makeup, and at one point wore sunglasses on the red carpet. Nicholas Rice,, 31 Mar. 2022 Professional cycling, which has been in a PR tailspin for years with all its doping woes, gave itself another black eye yesterday at the Giro d’Italia. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, 20 May 2015 See More

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First Known Use of black eye

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Aug 2022

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“Black eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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: a discoloration of the skin around the eye from bruising

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