get a black eye

[get a black eye] {v. phr.} 1. To receive a dark ring around theeye after being hit by someone's fist or an object.

In thefistfight Tom got a black eye from Pete.

Sue got a black eye whenshe ran into a tree.

2. To have one's character denigrated.

Ourfirm received a black eye because of all the consumer complaints thatwere lodged against our product.