black eye

See also: blackeye

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A black eye.

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black eye (plural black eyes)

  1. An eye which has been bruised showing noticeable hematoma, especially after receiving a blow.
    Synonym: shiner
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      "You got a black eye out of him, and that's for publication. We can't have this reign of terror, Mr. Malone."
  2. (figuratively) A defeat.
  3. (figuratively) Damage to a reputation.
  4. (dated) An eye having a dark iris, regarded as a point of beauty.

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