black-and-blue love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Discolored from coagulation of blood below the surface of the skin.

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  • adj. Badly bruised, with discolourations beneath the skin due to coagulation of blood


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  • He lifted my right arm, and I saw the black-and-blue marks.

    Family Storms

  • She moaned at the sight of the fading black-and-blue marks and mumbled, Poor child.

    Family Storms

  • Sometimes the women were there, and so was a kind of distress you didn't understand and didn't particularly want but couldn't resist -- like a black-and-blue mark you can't help pressing, I used to think.

    Jesse Kornbluth: Leonard Cohen, At 77, Calls His New CD Old Ideas. It's Anything But

  • “You have a black-and-blue mark on the right side of your forehead.”

    Times Squared

  • The welts and black-and-blue marks on my upper thighs were still quite vivid, especially where Uncle Reuben had pinched me.


  • “No,” she says, touching my black-and-blue forehead.

    Soul Trapper

  • With his play this year, Martin has become more than a stopgap—he's a beaten-up, black-and-blue Yankee asset now and in the near future.

    With Pain Comes Pride for Yankees' Martin

  • My assistant, who was having dinner with us, grabbed my knee in the middle of that diatribe and while I thought of going for the steak knife and disemboweling this famous person, my assistant held me down and dug his fingers into my thigh until I was black-and-blue.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch » 2010 » January

  • Occasional black-and-blue marks on her arms and chest she swore she tripped or fell down some steps or walked into a door or got hit by an errant baseball suggested the method Vin used to keep her in line.

    Brooklyn Story

  • Her face was black-and-blue and one eye was so swollen it was almost closed.

    Brooklyn Story


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  • Meaning: livid

    Citation: I was black and blue after a long day's work

    November 20, 2007