1720, in the meaning defined above
black + French à vis as to face
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“Black-a-vised.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-a-vised. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.
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