(as) black as thunder

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(as) black as thunder

Full of rage or hostility, likened to the black clouds that accompany thunderstorms. When I looked up, his face was as black as thunder, and I knew that I was in trouble.
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Some of the men laughed, but not all; others would grow as black as thunder (thinking, perhaps, of their own childhood or their own children) and bid him stop that nonsense, and think what he was doing.
All day he would wander about as black as thunder, and he took to drinking a deal more than was good for him.
He looked as black as thunder, all the while, and, one time, started up as if he had more than got it in his mind to make a rush at you.
I have been watching you for a quarter of an hour," Valentin went on; "you have been looking as black as thunder.