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 Dictionary entry overview: What does black-and-blue mean? 

BLACK-AND-BLUE (adjective)
  The adjective BLACK-AND-BLUE has 1 sense:

1. discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin

  Familiarity information: BLACK-AND-BLUE used as an adjective is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BLACK-AND-BLUE (adjective)

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Discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin


black-and-blue; livid

Context examples:

beaten black and blue / livid bruises


injured (usually used of physical or mental injury to persons)

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