black and blue

black-and-blue

[blak-uhn-bloo]
adjective
discolored, as by bruising; exhibiting ecchymosis: a black-and-blue mark on my knee.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English

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black-and-blue
 
adj
1.  (of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise
2.  feeling pain or soreness, as from a beating

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black and blue

Badly bruised, as in That fall down the stairs left me black and blue all over. Even though multicolored bruises rarely include the color black, this term has been so used since about 1300.

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