look black

look black

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.
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look black

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.
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look ˈblack

show no signs of hope or improvement: I know things look black at the moment but I’m sure you’ll get a job soon.
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References in classic literature ?
Things look black. Happily, my bowie knife I have still, and I can always see well enough to use it.
He had the best place in the garden--warm, sunny, and sheltered; his holes were prepared with the tenderest care; he was given the most dainty mixture of compost, clay, and manure; he was watered assiduously all through the drought when more willing flowers got nothing; and he refused to do anything but look black and shrivel.
"Things look black enough," replied Porthos; "I understand now why Aramis advised me to strangle that horrible Mordaunt."
The face is pale, boldly outlined in black, eyes look black at a distance and they have distinctive pink eyelids, which makes them very identifiable.
They look black because they're burnt up as they come down through the atmosphere."
Khaki trousers, PS19.99, New Look Team a khaki midi with a simple black polo neck for an elegant day time look Black polo neck, PS17.50, and green shirt, PS35, both M&S.
White shirt, PS39, Collection by John Lewis Pink trousers, PS15, Oasis Gold watch, PS17.99, New Look Black heels, PS27, La Redoute
BLACK FELT HAT WITH FEATHER BAND DETAIL PS32 TOPSHOP BARGAIN MUSTARD WOVEN CROPPED TOP WITH LONG TASSEL DETAIL PS30 NEXT CAMEL SUEDE & cream raFFia SliP WEDGES PS49.99 ZARA Floral PrinT Wide leg TrouSerS PSmiSS TORTOISESHELL ACETATE ROUND GLASSES WITH CUTOUT FRAME DETAIL PS38 ASOS BUDGET MONO GEO PRINT OFF THE SHOULDER CROP TOP WITH CROCHET DETAIL PS17.99 NEW LOOK BLACK ASYMMETRIC DRAPE FITTED SKIRT PS24.99 H&m SILVER TASSEL & CHAIN DOUBLE NECKLACE PS8 FOREVER 21 BLACK SUEDE LEATHER BUCKET TASSEL BAG PS34.99 mango
Black polo neck, PS30, Black polo neck, PS30, Topshop; black and white check skirt, PS27, very.co.uk; silver-studded necklace, PS20, TK Maxx; black opaque tights, PS4.99, New Look; patent blue sandals, PS39.99, Zara Topshop; black and white check skirt, PS27, very.co.uk; silver-studded necklace, PS20, TK Maxx; black opaque tights, PS4.99, New Look; patent blue sandals, PS39.99, Zara Black and navy check black shift dress, PS65, Jonathan Saunders at Debenhams; black opaque tights, PS4.99, New Look Black and navy check black shift dress, PS65, Jonathan Saunders at Debenhams; black opaque tights, PS4.99, New Look Don't be afraid to clash your prints.
Use as the centrepiece of a living room or at the bottom of a bed to define your look Black & white zigzag rug by Jeff Banks PS119 from The rug Seller, www.therugseller.co.uk HAND-WOVEN with a fully reversible 100% wool pile, this kilim offers a flat weave with fringed ends.
For added star-quality each palette has a chic metal look black case and delicate chain strap which looks like a little bag.
BHS red silk blouse pounds 22, Wallis pencil skirt pounds 35, Principles marquasite necklace pounds 15 and bracelet pounds 12 and New Look black leather gloves pounds 20; PICTURES BY LORETTA BRENNAN, STYLED BY ZOE CHAMBERLAIN, MODEL FAYE COTTON; Dorothy Perkins black and white striped top pounds 20 with black cropped trousers pounds 15, red 'croc leather' bag pounds 18, New Look red beret pounds 8 and red leather gloves pounds 18; Dorothy Perkins grey satin bodice top pounds 22, animal print belt pounds 10, Principles black hair clip pounds 12 with Wallis black pencil skirt pounds 35; Principles blue belted dress pounds 85 with silver marquasite necklace pounds 15 (shrug stylist's own)
White., a six-part reality show on FX that premiered March 8, Rose Wurgel, 18, underwent a major transformation: through the art of makeup, she and her white family from Santa Monica, Calif., were made to look black. They shared a house for six weeks with a black family from Atlanta that was made up to look white.
Chloe might look Black Magic in that yummy dress, but she can't have been eating them lately - that figure's to die for.
Today the expression `to look black' is so commonplace that it is almost a cliche.