Why do we think selfies are such a black eye on the face of humanity?
His black eye had ignited rumors he was being brutalized in custody.
According to a Los Angeles Times review of the book, she reportedly emerged the next day with a black eye.
But Hermann may represent one black eye too many for Barchi and the public university.
Your mother will have a black eye in the morning, or I don't know a shindy when I see it.
Pray do you remember that little story of Mrs. Robinson's black eye?
My sister, for instance, has always a black eye, and red stripes on her back.
The day was passed merrily, and I do not remember a fight, or a black eye, in the ship.
Mrs. Macauley writes her all about him every week, only she probably didn't mention the black eye.
But Tog, which was the one with the black eye, was not to be justified.
"discoloration around the eye from injury" c.1600, from black (adj.) + eye (n.). Figurative sense of "injury to pride, rebuff" is by 1744; that of "bad reputation" is from 1880s. In reference to dark eyes, often as a mark of beauty, from 1660s. Black-eyed, of peas, attested from 1728. The black-eyed Susan as a flower (various species) so called from 1881, for its appearance. It also was the title of a poem by John Gay (1685-1732), which led to a popular British stage play of the same name in the mid-19c.
All in the Downs the fleet was moored,
The streamers waving in the wind,
When black-eyed Susan came aboard,
"Oh! where shall I my true love find?
Tell me, ye jovial sailors, tell me true,
If my sweet William sails among the crew?"
black eye n.
A bruised discoloration of the flesh surrounding the eye.