Definition of black eye in English:

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black eye

Pronunciation: /ˌblak ˈī/


1A bruised and discolored area around the eye resulting from a blow: it’s gonna be a doozy of a black eye
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  • The second man had a broken nose, three teeth knocked out, black eyes, cuts and bruising to the torso and knees.
  • Witnesses said the two ladies were frequently seen with black eyes and bruises while living with him.
  • The unprovoked assault left her with bruises and two black eyes.
2A mark or source of dishonor or shame: legislators have caused the state to suffer yet another black eye
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  • Mess with this country and you could end up with a very serious black eye.
  • It's the kind of news if true that could be another black eye for the president's war policy.
  • This film is as liable as its title for giving young African American males an even more pronounced black eye.

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Syllabification: black eye

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