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(as) black as a raven

1. dated Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as a raven down there!
2. dated Of a thoroughly evil, mean-spirited, or ungenerous mindset or disposition. She narrowed her eyes, and I could tell her thoughts had turned as black as a raven.
See also: black, raven

(as) black as a raven's wing

1. dated Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as a raven's wing down there!
2. dated Of a thoroughly evil, mean-spirited, or ungenerous mindset or disposition. She narrowed her eyes, and I could tell her thoughts had turned as black as a raven's wing.
See also: black, wing

(as) black as a raven's feather

1. dated Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as a raven's feather down there!
2. dated Of a thoroughly evil, mean-spirited, or ungenerous mindset or disposition. She narrowed her eyes, and I could tell her thoughts had turned as black as a raven's feather.
See also: black, feather
References in classic literature ?
he should not meet man, woman, or child, saving in cities or towns, nor yet see any beast, save foxes, wolves, or the ravening beasts.
Outside the wind screamed like a ravening beast at the window.
But the god changed into a dreadful lion there on the ship, in the bows, and roared loudly: amidships also he showed his wonders and created a shaggy bear which stood up ravening, while on the forepeak was the lion glaring fiercely with scowling brows.
Mr Riah unaccountably melted; waited in person on him over the stable yard in Duke Street, St James's, no longer ravening but mild, to inform him that payment of interest as heretofore, but henceforth at Mr Lightwood's offices, would appease his Jewish rancour; and departed with the secret that Mr John Harmon had advanced the money and become the creditor.