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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Similar to the old character, Stone wears a two-toned black and white hairstyle, red lips and black eye makeup. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Emma Stone’s punk rock Cruella unveiled, and fans are skeptical," 26 Aug. 2019 Occasionally, Scragg himself features in a post—black eye liner, druid-like face tattoos, a naval-length ginger beard that coalesces into a single dreadlock—a true influencer in the world of the macabre. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 Northern wheatears are robin-size songbirds with tan bodies and handsome black eye bands. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s northern wheatears are about to embark on a remarkable journey," 10 Aug. 2019 In an interview with Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, the injured child's mother said her son suffered a black eye and bruised nose., "10-year-old boy threw a ball at another kid in the schoolyard, injuring him; then, he was charged with aggravated assault," 3 Aug. 2019 But simply by raising a second gargantuan pot of money, Mr Son has given the doubters a big black eye and himself a day to remember. The Economist, "SoftBank’s transformation into an investment powerhouse continues," 1 Aug. 2019 Car loans have been another black eye for Wells Fargo. Matt Egan, CNN, "Wells Fargo discriminated against Dreamer by denying auto loan, lawsuit claims," 19 July 2019 While these totals are a slight decrease from previous years, Chicago's inordinate violence remains a black eye for the city. Javonte Anderson,, "Hundreds gather for annual St. Sabina rally against violence," 14 June 2019 With his powdered wig, his burning black eyes, his bulbous forehead, and his cheeks pitted with smallpox, Goethe must have been a terrifying spectacle. Andrew Roberts, The New York Review of Books, "Ferdinand Mount," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of black eye

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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