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black eye

1. Literal discoloration in the area surrounding the eye(s) due to an accumulation of blood. He had a pretty bad black eye after the bully punched him in the face. I had two black eyes for several days after my car accident.
2. By extension, a blemish to one's reputation. That food critic's negative review really gave a black eye to my restaurant.
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black eye

 
1. Lit. a bruise near the eye from being struck. (*Typically have ~; get ~; give someone ~.) I got a black eye from walking into a door. I have a black eye where John hit me.
2. Fig. harm done to one's character. (*Typically have ~; get ~; give someone ~.) Mary got a black eye because of her constant complaining. The whole group now has a black eye, and it will take years to recover our reputation.
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black eye

A mark of shame, a humiliating setback, as in That there are enough homeless folks to need another shelter is a black eye for the administration . This metaphor alludes to having discolored flesh around the eye resulting from a blow. The term is also used literally, as in The mugger not only took Bill's wallet but gave him a black eye. [Late 1800s]
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a black ˈeye

an area of dark skin (= a bruise) around the eye caused by an accident, somebody hitting you, etc: How did you get that black eye?
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black eye

n. a moral blemish; an injury to the prestige of someone or something. That kind of behavior can give us all a black eye.
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References in classic literature ?
He noticed the vacillation of surprise passing over the steady curiosity of the black eyes fastened on his face as if the woman revolutionist received the sound of his voice into her pupils instead of her ears.
"I stayed at home next day," he said, bending down a little and plunging his glance into the black eyes of the woman so that she should not observe the trembling of his lips.
When they were inches apart, her aunt saw that the girl has black eyes, with no trace of white(http://paranormalcannock.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/return-of-black-eyed-children.html) , Brickley recalled .
Cora names her baby sister Susan because she has such black eyes and blonde hair, she reminds Cora of a black eyed Susan prairie flower.
A MAN is suffering two black eyes after being knocked unconscious in a vicious street attack.
He came to a few minutes later to find he had two black eyes and his foot had been broken.
A police spokesman said: "One managed to escape with a black eye, but the other fell to the ground and was repeatedly kicked to the head and body leaving him with black eyes, loss of teeth and bruising to the ribs and legs."
"The Boy with Black Eyes" is a story of Brian, a gay college freshman who begins a relationship with a twenty-something young man known as Nathaniel.
Meanwhile, unless she wants to end up with two black eyes, I'd strongly advise celebrity contestant Kelly Brook to invest in a decent sports bra.
When he returned home on leave he was greeted, not with the honour he deserved, but by taunts from several young males, one of whom assaulted him resulting in two black eyes, a broken nose and a dozen stitches.
I shot a photo of you awhile ago, and you had double black eyes that you had given yourself.
Lending credence to that notion, numerous studies have found that people with light eye colors, such as blue, green, and hazel, are more vulnerable to hearing damage than are people with brown or black eyes.
Lorraine Cunniffe, 20, was left with black eyes and a badly bruised face following the assault in the early hours of Monday morning.
A black eye refers to the area around the eye becoming puffy, swollen and dark.
The old wives' remedy of putting raw steak on a black eye makes a lot of sense.