One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Covered in livid bruises.‘he earnt good money being beaten black and blue as a prize fighter’
purplish, bluish, dark, discoloured, purple, greyish-blueView synonyms
- ‘He said: ‘A young girl was subjected to a prolonged beating until she was literally black and blue.’’
- ‘So anyway, he was black and blue too, but his injury was all covered by hair.’
- ‘True, I had been black and blue from the beating he had given me, and he had nearly drowned me, but what I had done was no better.’
- ‘‘He is black and blue and bruised all over from bails bouncing off every part of his body,’ a friend once remarked.’
- ‘I am black and blue, scraped up, swollen and covered in bug bites.’
- ‘‘I am black and blue and it is still very painful when I move,’ she said.’
- ‘An 80-year-old woman has been left black and blue after crashing to the ground four times on pavements near her home.’
- ‘Physically it had torn her up, broken her, left her with bruises with weeks, everywhere, black and blue.’
- ‘She suffered a badly cut leg and was black and blue with bruising.’
- ‘It's been a really long time since I snowboarded, and even at my best I was totally black and blue from crashing so often, but miraculously I am pretty good at it this time.’
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