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[blak-uh n-bloo] /ˈblæk ənˈblu/
discolored, as by bruising; exhibiting ecchymosis:
a black-and-blue mark on my knee.
Origin of black-and-blue
1300-50; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These would explode, and I was twice hit by the bullets, which left a black-and-blue mark.

    Edison, His Life and Inventions Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  • You ought to see my sides already, how black-and-blue they are.

    Ruth Fielding At College Alice B. Emerson
  • Always it landed on some tender portion of my anatomy, so that my average, written in black-and-blue spots, remained an even 1000.

    One Third Off Irvin S. Cobb
  • He was earnest enough, for he looked as black-and-blue as his berries when he got home.

    On Picket Duty and Other Tales Louisa May Alcott
  • I suppose if the truth was known, Jamie beats yir ma every night of her life to a black-and-blue jelly!

    The Rosie World Parker Fillmore
  • There may be bleeding from the gums, nose, bowels, or black-and-blue spots may be seen upon the legs.

  • The west, half-way to the zenith, was green—the black-and-blue green of bruised flesh.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Dear me, I have been black-and-blue ever since you and his Reverence inveigled me into going blackberrying in that style.

    The Home at Greylock Elizabeth Prentiss
  • Patrick nursed his black-and-blue spots and fell back on his flute for solace.

  • I was wearing a black-and-blue frock, and he had seen it before, as I explained with some surprise.

    A Woman Named Smith Marie Conway Oemler
British Dictionary definitions for black-and-blue


(of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise
feeling pain or soreness, as from a beating
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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