black eye

black eye

noun
1.
discoloration of the skin around the eye, resulting from a blow, bruise, etc.
2.
a mark of shame, dishonor, etc.: These slums are a black eye to our town.
3.
damaged reputation: Your behavior will give the family a black eye.

Origin:
1595–1605

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black eye
 
n
bruising round the eye

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Word Origin & History

black eye
"discoloration from injury" c.1600, from black + eye. Figurative sense of "injury" is by 1744; that of "bad reputation" is from 1880s.
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Medical Dictionary

black eye n.
A bruised discoloration of the flesh surrounding the eye.

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Idioms & Phrases

black eye

A mark of shame, a humiliating setback, as in That there are enough homeless folks to need another shelter is a black eye for the administration. This metaphor alludes to having discolored flesh around the eye resulting from a blow. The term is also used literally, as in The mugger not only took Bill's wallet but gave him a black eye. [Late 1800s]

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