get a black eye

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get a black eye

1. To have literal discoloration in the area surrounding the eye(s) due to an accumulation of blood. He got a pretty bad black eye after the bully punched him in the face. I heard Clarissa's wearing sunglasses because she's got a black eye.
2. By extension, to receive a blemish to one's reputation. My restaurant really got a black eye after that food critic published her negative review. The company got a few black eyes during this period, when every venture they undertook seemed to backfire on them.
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