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black-and-blue

[blak-uh n-bloo]
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adjective
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for black-and-blue

Historical Examples

  • You ought to see my sides already, how black-and-blue they are.

    Ruth Fielding At College

    Alice B. Emerson

  • He was earnest enough, for he looked as black-and-blue as his berries when he got home.

  • I suppose if the truth was known, Jamie beats yir ma every night of her life to a black-and-blue jelly!

    The Rosie World

    Parker Fillmore

  • There may be bleeding from the gums, nose, bowels, or black-and-blue spots may be seen upon the legs.

  • Dear me, I have been black-and-blue ever since you and his Reverence inveigled me into going blackberrying in that style.

    The Home at Greylock

    Elizabeth Prentiss


British Dictionary definitions for black-and-blue

black-and-blue

adjective
  1. (of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise
  2. feeling pain or soreness, as from a beating
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