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- A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions.
(context, Chess) A piece that may be moved only diagonally.
(slang) penis (see bash the bishop).
(colour) The colour/color perceived in the absence of light.
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- A black dye, pigment.
- A pen, pencil, crayon, etc., made of black pigment.
(context, sometimes capitalised) A person of African descent.
(context, billiards, snooker, pool) the black: The black ball.
(baseball) The edge of home plate
- To make black, to blacken.
1859: Oliver Optic, Poor and Proud; or, The Fortunes of Katy Redburn, a Story for Young Folks http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=506735625&tag=Optic,+Oliver:+Poor+and+proud;+or,+The+fortunes+of+Katy+Redburn,+a+story+for+young+folks,+1859&query=+black+your&id=OptPoor
- :"I don't want to fight; but you are a mean, dirty blackguard, or you wouldn't have treated a girl like that," replied Tommy, standing as stiff as a stake before the bully.
- :"Say that again, and I'll your eye for you."
1911: Edna Ferber, Buttered Side Down http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=302756157&tag=Ferber,+Edna:+Buttered+Side+Down,+1911&query=+black+your&id=FerButt
- :Ted, you can your face, and dye your hair, and squint, and some fine day, sooner or later, somebody'll come along and blab the whole thing.
1922: John Galsworthy, A Family Man: In Three Acts http://books.google.com/books?vid=OCLC00645065&id=vw6G-rbudVUC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=%22black+his+eye%22&as_brr=1
:I saw red, and instead of a cab I fetched that policeman. Of course father did his eye.
- To apply blacking to something.
1853: Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=600775507&tag=Stowe,+Harriet+Beecher:+The+Key+to+Uncle+Tom's+Cabin,+1853&query=+black+his&id=StoKeyu?
:...he must catch, curry, and saddle his own horse; he must his own brogans (for he will not be able to buy boots).
1861: George William Curtis, Trumps: A Novel http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=160888866&tag=EAF538&query=+black+your&id=eaf538
- :But in a moment he went to Greenidge's bedside, and said, shyly, in a low voice, "Shall I your boots for you?"
1911: Max Beerbohm, Zuleika Dobson http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=91865750&tag=Beerbohm,+Max,+Sir,+1872-1956:+Zuleika+Dobson,+1911&query=+black+your&id=BeeZule
:Loving you, I could conceive no life sweeter than hers -- to be always near you; to your boots, carry up your coals, scrub your doorstep; always to be working for you, hard and humbly and without thanks.
(British) To boycott something or someone, usually as part of an industrial dispute.
(context, of an object) absorbing all light and reflecting none; dark and colourless.
(context, of a place, etc) without light.
(context, sometimes capitalized) Relating to persons of African descent or (especially in the US) their culture.
(context, Ireland, idiomatic) Overcrowded.
- Bad; evil.
- 1655, Benjamin Needler, Expository notes, with practical observations; towards the opening of the five first chapters of the first book of Moses called Genesis. London: N. Webb and W. Grantham, page 168.
: ...what a day would that be, when the Ordinances of Jesus Christ should as it were be excommunicated, and cast out of the Church of Christ.
- Illegitimate, illegal or disgraced.
- 1866, The Contemporary Review, London: A. Strahan, page 338.
:Foodstuffs were rationed and, as in other countries in a similar situation, the black market was flourishing.
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