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British pronunciation/blˈak and blˈuː/
American pronunciation/blˈæk ænd blˈuː/
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covered with bruise marks on one's skin as a result of having had an accident or been hit by someone or something

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black and blue definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "black and blue" and when to use it?

The idiom "black and blue" originates from the visual appearance of bruises, which often exhibit shades of dark blue and black. It has been used figuratively to describe the physical condition of having bruises since the 14th century. It is used to describe the discoloration and soreness that result from physical injuries, particularly bruises. It signifies that a person has been physically struck or injured, often resulting in visible marks on the body.

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Despite wearing protective gear, James's arms were black and blue after a day of intense martial arts training.
After the intense football game, Henry was left black and blue from all the tackles and rough play.
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