black-and-blue

adjective
\ ˌbla-kən-ˈblü How to pronounce black-and-blue (audio) \

Definition of black-and-blue

: darkly discolored from blood effused by bruising

First Known Use of black-and-blue

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black-and-blue was in 1568

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“Black-and-blue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-and-blue. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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black-and-blue

adjective
\ ˌbla-kən-ˈblü \

Kids Definition of black-and-blue

: darkly discolored (as from a bruise)

black-and-blue

adjective
\ ˌblak-ən-ˈblü How to pronounce black-and-blue (audio) \

Medical Definition of black-and-blue

: darkly discolored from blood effused by bruising

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