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look black



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Idioms and Phrases

Appear threatening or unfavorable, as in The future looked black for Henry after he dropped out of school . This expression employs black in the sense of “boding ill,” a usage dating from about 1700. Also see under dirty look .

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Example Sentences

It began to look black for the friend, but the man for a while had a clear character and was getting in good spirits.

The ferrule will look black when this happens and will thus be recognized.

Who else are you thinking of, when you say things look black against others than Sidney?

The clouds look black and threatening, and I keep my mind in a state to meet the worst.

We should see the roofs and chimneys of the village, and the great Chantrey elms look black against the sky.

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Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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