Here is a list of idiomatic expressions using the word ‘black’.
Black and blue
This expression is used to mean that a body part is bruised.
- My leg was black and blue after I hit it against the table.
Black and white
If something is black and white, it is either good or bad.
- You can’t see everything in black and white.
This expression is used to refer to a bruise near one’s eye.
- John got a black eye when Peter him on his face.
This expression is used to refer to the marketplace where goods are bought and sold illegally.
- We bought the tickets on the black market.
To black out is to faint.
- The girl blacked out because she had been standing for hours.
The black sheep is a person who is a disgrace to his family.
- James was the black sheep in his family. While his siblings were rich and famous, he didn’t even have a job.
To blackball somebody is to ostracize them.
- The community blackballed him because he refused to conform to their standards.
To blacklist somebody is to ostracize them.
- The athletic federation blacklisted the boxer when it was discovered that he was using steroids.
To blackmail somebody is to take money from them by threatening them with dire consequences.
- The actress complained that the photographer was blackmailing her.