look black

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.
See also: black, look

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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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.
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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.
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)
Chloe might look Black Magic in that yummy dress, but she can't have been eating them lately - that figure's to die for.
On a night when the academy feted pioneering actor Sidney Poitier with an honorary award for career achievement and Oscar host (and 1990 Oscar winner) Whoopi Goldberg took a few digs at race in Hollywood (``So much mud has been thrown this year, all the nominees look black,'' said Goldberg), Berry drew out her acceptance speech because, as she said, ``It's 74 years here
They claimed an old sepiatoned photograph of their great-grandmother made her look black to them.
99, New Look Black and gold sparkle belted dress, PS28, F&F @ Tesco.
Torres, who made a British record transfer of 50 million pounds to Stamford Bridge on the deadline day, said that things at Anfield had started to look black.
Yes you do look black, white and well-bred all over TPT, but those boots still say dodgy retro fancy dress party to us