black eye


Definition of black eye

1 : a discoloration of the skin around the eye from bruising
b : a bad reputation

Examples of black eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Baseball was left with a black eye and many fans are left in anger: Screw you. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Baseball is back! Here's the good and bad for the Detroit Tigers," 23 June 2020 As our examples show, each of these categories has a black eye for a reason. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Why You Actually May Want to Buy ‘Bears’ in a Bull Market," 26 Dec. 2019 Montefusco had a black eye the next day and later spoke of his regret for the incident. Jon Schultz,, "SF Giants had 16 managers before Gabe Kapler. Here’s how each fared," 12 Nov. 2019 Her mother said her daughter had a black eye, some of her hair had been pulled out and her knee was bruised after falling into the school bus seat, Gouverneur police said. Amir Vera And Rob Frehse, CNN, "White students called a 10-year-old black girl the N-word as they beat her up on a bus, court documents say," 28 Sep. 2019 Assistant State’s Attorney Loukas Kalliantasis said the incident occurred Sept. 15 after employees discovered the 19-year-old had a black eye. George Houde,, "Worker at Little City facility for developmentally disabled is fired after being charged with aggravated battery against resident," 25 Sep. 2019 The colors grant us a timeline, for this is the tail end of a black eye; the fist likely smashed into the young woman’s face several days before the photo was taken. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "The True Face of the Trump Administration," 10 Feb. 2018 The victim had two black eyes, and her eyes were bloody. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Resident at OhioGuidestone in Berea beaten by other residents, hospitalized," 7 May 2020 Cosmetic users in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome created dramatic appearances by pairing skin whiteners containing lead or chalk with black eye makeup and red lip colourants. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "There’s a complex history of skin lighteners in Africa and beyond," 9 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of black eye

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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1 Jul 2020

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“Black eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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