black and blue


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black and blue

Bruised, either physically or emotionally. I'm probably going to be black and blue after falling down the steps this morning. It's normal to feel black and blue right after you break up with someone.
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black-and-blue

Fig. bruised, physically or emotionally. I'm still black-and-blue from my divorce. What is that black-and-blue mark on your leg?

black and blue

Badly bruised, as in That fall down the stairs left me black and blue all over. Even though multicolored bruises rarely include the color black, this term has been so used since about 1300.
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black and blue

COMMON If a part of your body is black and blue, it is badly bruised. I didn't realise how clumsy I am. I was black and blue for three months. I was released from hospital the next day with minor head and neck injuries. My face was black and blue. Note: You can also say that someone beats someone black and blue, meaning that they hit them repeatedly until they are badly bruised. They pulled my hair out and beat me black and blue.
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black and blue

mod. bruised, physically or emotionally. I’m still black and blue from my divorce.
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References in classic literature ?
I would be black and blue all over for days at a time.
Pinched, pounded, and thumped until I was black and blue, yet I do not think that their treatment was dictated by either cruelty or malice--I was a curiosity, a freak, a new plaything, and their childish minds required the added evidence of all their senses to back up the testimony of their eyes.
His forearms were black and blue from wrist to elbow, what of the countless blows he had warded off, and here and there the tortured flesh was beginning to fester.
In the moving nothing suited her better than to trot up and down, lugging heavy things, to pound her fingers black and blue nailing carpets and curtains, and the day she nearly broke her neck tumbling down the cellar stairs, in her eagerness to see that Mrs.
Do you know, my arm must be black and blue from the elbow up, for I've pinched myself so many times today.
Pray, don't worry me so--you'll pinch my arm black and blue.
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