- 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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- (of the skin) discoloured, as from a bruise
- feeling pain or soreness, as from a beating
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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