a black eye

black eye

1. Literal discoloration in the area surrounding the eye(s) due to an accumulation of blood. He had a pretty bad black eye after the bully punched him in the face. I had two black eyes for several days after my car accident.
2. By extension, a blemish to one's reputation. That food critic's negative review really gave a black eye to my restaurant.
See also: black, eye

a black ˈeye

an area of dark skin (= a bruise) around the eye caused by an accident, somebody hitting you, etc: How did you get that black eye?
See also: black, eye
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She still had a black eye more than two months later at the school prom.
One time, he went over to Granpa and tried to talk to him, and Granpa give him a black eye.