look black

look black

Appear threatening or unfavorable, as in The future looked black for Henry after he dropped out of school. This expression employs black in the sense of "boding ill," a usage dating from about 1700. Also see under dirty look.
See also: black, look
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He had the best place in the garden--warm, sunny, and sheltered; his holes were prepared with the tenderest care; he was given the most dainty mixture of compost, clay, and manure; he was watered assiduously all through the drought when more willing flowers got nothing; and he refused to do anything but look black and shrivel.
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The whiteness of the winter married to this river makes the water look black.
Torres, who made a British record transfer of 50 million pounds to Stamford Bridge on the deadline day, said that things at Anfield had started to look black.
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