Definition of black and blue in English:

black and blue


  • Covered in livid bruises.

    ‘he earnt good money being beaten black and blue as a prize fighter’
    • ‘‘I am black and blue and it is still very painful when I move,’ she said.’
    • ‘She suffered a badly cut leg and was black and blue with bruising.’
    • ‘I am black and blue, scraped up, swollen and covered in bug bites.’
    • ‘‘He is black and blue and bruised all over from bails bouncing off every part of his body,’ a friend once remarked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said: ‘A young girl was subjected to a prolonged beating until she was literally black and blue.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So anyway, he was black and blue too, but his injury was all covered by hair.’
    purplish, bluish, dark, discoloured, purple, greyish-blue
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