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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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 At a baby shower, family members noticed Christopher had a black eye that had crudely been covered with makeup. Rosemary Sobol,, "Mother called 'monster,' sentenced to 35 years in prison for beating son to death on 4th birthday," 6 June 2018 Failed murder cases against O.J. Simpson and Robert Blake were considered black eyes. Richard Winton,, "Fate of Harvey Weinstein sexual assault cases now in hands of two cautious prosecutors," 20 Mar. 2018 In its investigation, Disability Rights also was unable to get a straight answer as to why a resident had a black eye while he was placed into a mechanical restraint. Jason Ruiter,, "Carlton Palms facility for mentally disabled makes misleading reports, group charges," 6 Mar. 2018 Loyola has had a few black eyes this year to go along with the goodwill generated by the men's basketball team's Cinderella romp through March Madness. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Loyola clears campus police of using excessive force against students of color in viral video," 21 June 2018 Ford, which avoided a publicity black eye suffered by AT&T and Novartis pharmaceuticals, both of which hired Cohen, had no comment Friday evening. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Cohen approached Ford for consulting, Mueller wants to see the records," 11 May 2018 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

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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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