One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hit someone in the eye so as to cause bruising.
bruise, contuseView synonyms
- ‘She told how when she said she was leaving, he put a pillow over her face and then punched her, blacking her eye.’
- ‘He said the one man had severely beaten the other, who was several inches shorter than him, blacking both his eyes and cutting his face.’
- ‘The logic of the chorus has both eyes blacked each time, and it is no surprise that verse three finds the young man recommending non-engagement, or at least discretion.’
- ‘‘That eye should be blacked up nicely,’ muses Corky.’
- ‘The most recently documented incident was on 24 April 2004, where the [Claimant] blacked a staff member's eye.’
- ‘These men kicked him, knocked him down, broke his nose, chipped his tooth, blacked both eyes and smashed a glass into his head.’
- ‘She said he had grabbed her by the throat and blacked her eye by hurling her on to the settee.’
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