get a black eye

get a black eye  {v. phr.}
1. To receive a dark ring around the eye after being hit by someone's fist or an object.
In the fistfight Tom got a black eye from Pete.
Sue got a black eye when she ran into a tree.
2. To have one's character denigrated.
Our firm received a black eye because of all the consumer complaints that were lodged against our product.
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