black eye


Definition of black eye

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

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If confirmed, the breach could become a black eye for U.K. investigators, who have had a patchy record prosecuting white-collar crimes since the 2008 financial crisis. Bradley Hope, WSJ, "U.K. Investigates Leaks in Insider Trading Probe," 27 Dec. 2018 This episode returns to the Pearsons' early years as a family of five, with Jack coming home with a black eye and admitting to Rebecca that he's been boxing other people at the gym. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Episode Recaps," 31 Oct. 2018 Wingert retweeted a photo taken of her black eye after returning home. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Braves reporter suffers fractured eye socket after getting hit by foul ball," 2 Apr. 2018 And that’s where the off-kilter, abbreviated bangs (slightly mussed with mists of McKnight's Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, which hung above the graphic jet-black eyes by makeup artist Peter Philips, came into play. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Paris Runway Will Change the Way You Think About Bangs," 26 Sep. 2018 The news that Facebook's Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. Fox News, "How Facebook was able to siphon off phone call and text logs," 27 Mar. 2018 The Alaskan Bush People star, 30, found himself in the emergency room on Monday after an injury — sharing photos of his hospital bracelet and the new black eye patch he was given as a result. Dave Quinn,, "Alaskan Bush People Star Solomon 'Bear' Brown Is 'Doing Well' After Scratching Eye in the Woods," 17 May 2018 The appeal removes a black eye as Mr. Khosrowshahi scales back in Asia and prepares for an initial public offering as early as next year. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Uber Regains Its License to Operate in London, a Win for Its New C.E.O.," 26 June 2018 The question remains: Will any of them now do anything to heal this black eye on America? Jason Williams,, "PX column: Pressed on border crisis, Cincy congressmen stronger against separating families," 20 June 2018

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1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of black eye

: a dark area of skin around the eye caused by being hit hard

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Medical Definition of black eye

: a discoloration of the skin around the eye from bruising

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