Definition of black and blue in English:

black and blue

Syllabification: black and blue


  • 1Discolored by bruising: a black-and-blue mark on his arm
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    • Adam would have smiled at the compliment but the black and blue discolorations on his cheeks halted him from doing so.
    • Her face and hands and any other skin that was visible was black and blue with bruises.
    • She was gingerly fingering the black and blue bruise under her eye that showed up as a shadow in spite of the diligent make up.
  • 1.1(Of a person) covered in bruises: they were both black and blue the day after the accident
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    • She suffered a badly cut leg and was black and blue with bruising.
    • So anyway, he was black and blue too, but his injury was all covered by hair.
    • Physically it had torn her up, broken her, left her with bruises with weeks, everywhere, black and blue.

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