black and blue


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black and blue

if a person or part of their body is black and blue, their skin is covered with bruises (= black marks caused by being hit) He was beaten black and blue at boarding school.
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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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black and blue

mod. bruised, physically or emotionally. I’m still black and blue from my divorce.
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I would be black and blue all over for days at a time.
Pinched, pounded, and thumped until I was black and blue, yet I do not think that their treatment was dictated by either cruelty or malice--I was a curiosity, a freak, a new plaything, and their childish minds required the added evidence of all their senses to back up the testimony of their eyes.
His forearms were black and blue from wrist to elbow, what of the countless blows he had warded off, and here and there the tortured flesh was beginning to fester.
In the moving nothing suited her better than to trot up and down, lugging heavy things, to pound her fingers black and blue nailing carpets and curtains, and the day she nearly broke her neck tumbling down the cellar stairs, in her eagerness to see that Mrs.
Do you know, my arm must be black and blue from the elbow up, for I've pinched myself so many times today.
Pray, don't worry me so--you'll pinch my arm black and blue.
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