a black eye for graduation

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Two students had a fight in school. Later, the one who won, asks someone:
-- Is he okay?
-- He's just happy you didn't give him a black eye for graduation.
Spider-Man, movie​
Does that mean he's happy he's not showing up at the graduation with a black eye? Thanks.
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    If he were punched in the eye he might get a black eye. Gifts are often given for graduation. A "gift" of a black eye would not have been appreciated, and he would not have to attend graduation with the "shiner".
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