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[blak-uh n-bloo] /ˈblæk ənˈblu/
discolored, as by bruising; exhibiting ecchymosis:
a black-and-blue mark on my knee.
Origin of black-and-blue
Middle English word dating back to 1300-50 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for black and blue


(of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise
feeling pain or soreness, as from a beating
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Slang definitions & phrases for black and blue

black and blue


Beat up, physically or emotionally: black and blue from all the book editing

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with black and blue

black and blue

Badly bruised, as in That fall down the stairs left me black and blue all over. Even though multicolored bruises rarely include the color black, this term has been so used since about 1300.
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