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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Still, just a few days later, Ginda showed up at his pro day with a black eye, stitches and visible signs of damage to his upper body. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Cardinals rookie, slowed by car accident, fights to excel with passion for football," 25 May 2018 Of course, this boxing match is all in good fun and no one is leaving with a black eye (thankfully). Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This Adorable "Boxing" Chihuahua Packs a Mean Punch," 11 Dec. 2015 Mascherano, who turned up to a training session with a noticeable black eye, has also been forced to deny a report that he was involved in a locker-room fight with teammate Cristian Pavon. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Can Lionel Messi save Argentina at the 2018 World Cup?," 26 June 2018 The woman in 2000 followed Patterson’s advice and ended up with two black eyes. Hännah Ettinger, Houston Chronicle, "Ending an abusive marriage is hard. Ending one in the evangelical church is harder.," 12 May 2018 The news came out, this is a big blunder, a black eye for the Vatican. Fox News, "GOP chair says they will sue Chicago public schools for supporting political student walkout," 15 Mar. 2018 Around the same time, Giro showed up with a black eye at work, two of her Bakers Square restaurant co-workers said. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Attorney's absence delays sentencing for man who killed girlfriend, left her body to decompose in Lake Station home," 14 June 2018 Nixon suffered two black eyes and had to have 11 stitches to close a gash on his forehead, according to the lawsuit. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Lawsuit: Meals on Wheels driver, 72, slammed to pavement by Kansas deputy," 30 May 2018 Neighbors and family friends had previously spotted Christopher with apparent injuries that included bumps, bruises and a black eye covered up with makeup, trial testimony revealed., "'Monster' Mom Who Beat Her Son to Death on His 4th Birthday Gets 35 Years in Prison," 8 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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