American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A bruised discoloration of the flesh surrounding the eye, often resulting from a blow.
- n. A dishonored reputation; a bad name.
- n. a swollen bruise caused by a blow to the eye
- n. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
- n. a bad reputation
““You matched up her black eye in your new peau de pêche noir, I hope?”
“Liir on his broom played the keen black eye of the Witch.”
“It would be a black eye for the navy and the Infanta if the government had to admit that the citizens of a Hidden World had destroyed a battle group.”
““Shall I get a black eye if I lead round to Portland-Smith?””
“Bobby Spandrel, his round head buzzing with irritation, saw Team Mom get a black eye from poetry—he saw his mobsters being walloped by a bunch of monks, and he was furious.”
“The emperor happened at the time to have a bruise on the face, caused by a block and tackle swinging against him during a squall, while on deck, and on the strength of this temporary disfigurement, a story most painful to the emperor was circulated to the effect that his black eye was due to a blow from young Hahnke, who resented some indignity in connection with the practical jokes and rough horse-play so frequent on board the Hohenzollern during the emperor's annual holiday.”
“Her black eye shadow brought out the delicate whalebone whites of her cheeks.”
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