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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 ?
Only from time to time, as he went on sucking, the baby raised his long, curly eyelashes and peeped at his mother with wet eyes, that looked black in the twilight.
The night was chill and starry; all the way eastward the trees of the different gardens rustled and looked black. Up the stone gully of Leith Walk, when they came to cross it, the breeze made a rush and set the flames of the street-lamps quavering; and when at last they had mounted to the Royal Terrace, where Captain Mackenzie lived, a great salt freshness came in their faces from the sea.
"--looked at King Wallace and King Wallace looked at her, while De Ville looked black. We warned Wallace, but it was no use.
Arthur lost himself among the narrow openings in the fern, winding about without seeking any issue, till the twilight deepened almost to night under the great boughs, and the hare looked black as it darted across his path.
The summer night looked black and cloudy through the little back window.
The night, without, looked black and cold through the dreary gaps in the casement; the precious liquids, now nearly leaked away, dripped with a hollow sound upon the floor; the Maypole peered ruefully in through the broken window, like the bowsprit of a wrecked ship; the ground might have been the bottom of the sea, it was so strewn with precious fragments.
His form beside her light gray figure looked black, sinister, and forbidding, and she felt as sarcasm the touch of the jewels of which she had been momentarily so proud.
A red sun stood over the grey rim of the fields, behind trees that looked black and brittle.
A sharp rain, too, was beating against the window-panes; and the sky looked black and cloudy.
The water, which was clear enough on the open sandy side, where the sun shone, looked black and poisonous opposite to me, where it lay deeper under the shade of the spongy banks, and the rank overhanging thickets and tangled trees.
The ground from the steps to the river was covered with snow and hoarfrost, the water of the river looked black and deep.
He looked black as night with his bare bow in his hands and his arrow on the string, glaring around as though ever on the point of taking aim.
FERNANDO TORRES has admitted he was lacking enthusiasm at Liverpool and that things "looked black" before he joined Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
But the model looked black to her bust, sorry, best, as she stepped in front of the cameras at Cannes.
Were you treated differently when you looked black?