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To seem or appear very unfavorable or utterly hopeless; to seem grim or bleak. Whenever things start to look black in life, my children always make me feel immensely better. After reviewing the fourth quarter financials, things are looking pretty black for the company.
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.