Definition of in black and white in English:

in black and white

phrase

  • 1In writing or print.

    ‘she had abandoned all hope of getting her contract down in black and white’
    • ‘On the other hand, unlike the latter, its independence was laid down in black and white.’
    • ‘After reading it in black and white, you'll find it nearly impossible, not to search the Net for some of these famous paintings.’
    • ‘It is in black and white - the principal act is the Social Welfare Act.’
    • ‘It's all there in black and white, in leaked European Union documents which are now published on the Internet.’
    • ‘There's no denying it if it's there in black and white.’
    • ‘Of course, the charts were printed right there in black and white, and they were always dominated by stuff like this.’
    • ‘It is there clearly in black and white - Nietzche states that a good social order demands hierarchy and slavery.’
    • ‘Though this dependence was glossed over, it was there in black and white for anyone who chose to read the paper carefully enough.’
    • ‘But the bill says in black and white that if you share so much as a single tune with your pals on the Internet-as millions do every day-you are a felon.’
    • ‘There are no gray areas in a properly prepared contract; everything is spelled out in black and white.’
    in print, printed, written down, set down, on paper, committed to paper, recorded, on record, documented, clearly defined, explicitly defined, plainly defined
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  • 2In terms of clearly defined opposing principles or issues.

    ‘children think in black and white, good and bad’
    • ‘You tend to see the world in black and white, right or wrong.’
    • ‘I think we are living in a world where people want to see things in black and white terms.’
    • ‘You cannot see everything in this world in black and white terms.’
    • ‘Analysis of issues was unnecessary because the world was painted in black and white.’
    • ‘Once exquisitely sensitive to racial political correctness, she now sees the world in black and white.’
    • ‘Depressed people, Rita says, see things in black and white.’
    • ‘It's curious that those who talk about life being all about shades of grey suddenly see the world in black and white when it comes to corporate capitalism.’
    • ‘They crave books which confirm mythical notions of a magnificent past, in which villains and heroes are clearly drawn in black and white.’
    • ‘Doping in sport tends to be presented in black and white terms, but this case illustrated that it is not always so simple.’
    • ‘Their understanding is simplistic and they see rules in black and white terms.’
    in absolute terms, unequivocally, without shades of grey, categorically, uncompromisingly, unconditionally, unambiguously, clearly, positively, straightforwardly, definitely, definitively
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