Definition of black-on-black in US English:



  • Designating harmful actions in which both the perpetrator and the victim are black.

    ‘black-on-black violence’
    • ‘The level of black-on-black brutality and destruction is sometimes shocking in this novel, but not unbelievable.’
    • ‘Apparently, the politically correct could safely take to task the state slavery of white-controlled apartheid, but one must zip the lip in the presence of what is viewed as black-on-black repression.’
    • ‘But nothing on the agenda was more important - and more threatening - to the health and welfare of African-Americans than the pandemic of black-on-black homicides.’
    • ‘The final chapter, and conclusion, confronts the fact that life in the ghetto has grown worse over the past two decades, partly because of an upsurge in drug use and black-on-black violence.’
    • ‘In London, crack has been largely blamed for a wave of black-on-black gun crime which last year saw 171 shootings, including 18 murders and 81 attempted murders.’
    • ‘He said he has grown increasingly pessimistic about halting black-on-black violence.’
    • ‘The incident is being investigated by Operation Trident, the Met Police's specialist unit tackling black-on-black gun crime.’
    • ‘Trident's 350 officers have policed black-on-black gun crime in the capital since 2000.’
    • ‘So the reverend points out that before the hurricane, there was a lot of black-on-black crime in this city, we had terrible poverty and our public schools were in terrible shape.’
    • ‘Operation Trident, which tackles black-on-black crime in London, is investigating both the incidents.’
    • ‘He shot to prominence with his efforts to try and resolve black-on-black violence.’
    • ‘She is one of the first African American women writers to explore the paralyzing effects of being a woman in a world that virtually ignores issues like black-on-black oppression and female circumcision.’
    • ‘It's a phenomenon I call the intellectual version of black-on-black crime, where black writers, black thinkers and black politicians serve as hit-men on one another's ideas.’
    • ‘If you took out black-on-black crime the difference would be even more stark.’
    • ‘The Home Secretary said he was appalled by some lyrics and said that the record industry must ensure that it is not glamorising murder and black-on-black violence.’
    • ‘The majority of these were black-on-black murders.’
    • ‘But, he says, they weren't shy about addressing problems within their own community, especially drugs and black-on-black violence.’
    • ‘Hip-hop gets a bad press these days, not least because of its association with black-on-black gun crime.’
    • ‘His adopted city, Detroit, is torn year in and year out by black-on-black violence.’
    • ‘The other powerful ingredient in the deadly mix of black-on-black violence is the plague of gangs and drugs.’