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See also: Hickey


A hickey on the neck.





hickey (plural hickeys)

  1. (US, slang) A bruise-like mark made during petting by pressing the mouth to the skin on one’s partner’s body and sucking. [from 1934]
    Synonyms: love bite, lovebite, knot
  2. (informal, slang) An object whose name is unknown or cannot be recalled. [from 1909]
  3. (printing) A printing defect caused by foreign matter on the printing surface resulting in a ring where the ink is missing, appearing as a spot of ink surrounded by a halo.
  4. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury. [from 1915]
  5. A tool for making smooth, semicircular bends in conduit and pipe.
    Synonym: conduit bender
  6. (US, slang, business, finance) An unintended negative outcome or loss in regards to a deal or action, often preceded by the words "taking a ..." or "took a ... ".
    Farmer Jones took a hickey on his soybean crop when the flood washed the seeds away.


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