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Meaning of black eye

black' eye'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. discoloration of the skin around the eye, resulting from a blow, bruise, etc.
  2. a mark of shame, dishonor, etc.: These slums are a black eye to our town.
  3. damaged reputation: Your behavior will give the family a black eye.
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