Black Out

Also: Blackout (noun) Blackout drunk Meaning of Idiom ‘Black Out’ 1. When all the electricity fails and the lights go out. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. ,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Usage When used as a noun, a blackout refers to a city losing all … Read more

Black and Blue

Meaning of Idiom ‘Black and Blue’ To be black and blue means to be badly bruised and discolored. 1Ammer, Christine.  American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms]. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. Usage This idiom is used as an adjective. For example, one might say, “I tripped on the stairs … Read more

Pitch Dark

Also: Pitch black Black as pitch Pitch darkness Pitch blackness Black as coal (rare) Meaning of Idiom ‘Pitch Dark’ All variations are more commonly used to describe darkness. Examples Of Use “I didn’t like camping. Being from the city, I found it hard to sleep in the pitch dark woods.” “The cloud cover made the night … Read more

Give Someone A Black Eye

Also: Have a black eye Get a black eye Meaning Give Someone a Black Eye 1. To cause a discolored dark bruise of the periorbital region ( the area surrounding the eye) by delivering a blow to the area. Although this seems to be a literal use, it is still idiomatic in that the expression … Read more