not (all) black and white(redirected from wasn't black and white)
not (all) black and white
Not clearly defined or differentiated; having room for confusion, ambiguity, or discrepancy. Love isn't black and white, you know. You have to accept that there are many gray areas in any relationship. The court's decision validates the defendant's assertion that the law is not all black and white, that it can be interpreted differently depending on how it is applied.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
not all black and white
Not clearly distinguished, not all bad or good: for example, “John warned us that this controversy was not all black and white; both sides were partly in the wrong.” This expression is based on the identification of black with evil or wrong, and white with good or right, which goes back at least two millennia.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer