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 The daughters, ages 20, 17 and 12, had minor injuries including a black eye, bruises and scrapes. Tiffini Theisen,, 3 June 2021 The case report said Broadwater suffered a black eye, a large laceration on the inside of her lip, a bruise on her forehead and multiple cuts on her head, face and neck. Fox News, 26 May 2021 In it, a little Brandon, just learning how to walk, is sporting a backwards hat, a black eye and a giant smile. Giana Han, al, 9 May 2021 Unless there is some sort of indiscretion or significant black eye as the reason for the departure, a position coach leaving should not turn into a circus. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Mar. 2021 Collins said her brother’s behavior changed after an apparent assault early last year, which left Quinto with a black eye, a head wound that required stitches and no memory of what happened. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Feb. 2021 For an oil and gas industry critically looking to enhance its ESG positioning and public relations image, the Mozambique LNG export push must not become another black eye. Jude Clemente, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Within the last [month] there was an officer that punched a Black woman in the face and gave her a black eye. Alex Putterman,, 25 May 2021 Michelle Quist: Convention delegates gave Utah GOP a black eye [Tribune]. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of black eye

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of black eye was in 1604

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20 Jun 2021

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“Black eye.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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