- adj. colloquial, idiomatic, of a person Having obvious bruises of the skin, typically from falling or being hit or punched.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. discolored by or as if by bruising; -- of skin.
- n. the dark color of a bruise in the flesh, which is accompanied with a mixture of blue.
- adj. discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin
“They were mantled with black and blue marks that advertised the weight and number of blows so shielded from his head and face.”
“Mosses and lichens, brown and black with the summer's heat, clothed the rocks and dressed out their barrenness; green tufts of fern nodded in many a nook, and kept their greenness still; and huckleberry bushes were on every hand, in every spare place, and standing full of the unreaped black and blue harvest.”
“Zoey’s face still looked like she’d been beaten black and blue but the plastic surgeons had reconstructed the part of her cheek bone that had been shattered by Pomeroy’s bullet and passed through the soft tissue on the other side of her face.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘black and blue’.
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Collocations with 'and' & 'or'
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contrasting idioms incorporating 'and'
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Lists of matching or contrasting or complementing pairs
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