leave black and blue


1. badly bruised, physically or emotionally






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left me black and blue

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The colours ‘black and blue’ refer to the colours of a bruise. To say someone was ‘left black and blue’ means that they were left emotionally or physically hurt. “He was left black and blue after the car accident.” “She was black and blue after the break-up.” This is an informal expression used more in social contexts.

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  1. That rugby match was very physical. It has left me black and blue.
  2. If you don't stop bullying her, I'll leave you black and blue.
  3. My divorce was messy and emotional. Even months later I'm feeling black and blue over it

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