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腦門子

would be forehead.

黑線

is black lines.

Does it mean something like "veins popping on his forehead"?

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It's not popping veins, but cold sweat for frustration or helplessness, usually as a response to something completely out of the line or out of the context.

Wikipedia:

Parallel vertical lines with dark shading over the head or under the eye may represent mortification, fatigue, or horror. If the lines are wavy, it may represent disgust. A far cuter way to represent frustration/mortification is (mainly for female/ young female characters) they tend to puff out their cheeks while their line is delivered in a gruff voice, an elongated 3 showing puffed lips to show that puffed look more.

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Popping vein is visualized and then character-ized as '头上一个大大的字'. enter image description here

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There is '满脸黑线', but I think it just means 'scowling' because someone said/did something dumb.

Too much praying can get you a black mark:http://www.gowister.com/islam-answer-1488.html

and here are some astrological aspects: http://askastrologer.com/articles/Forehead-reading.html

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It describes a situation where you don't know how to respond. Include but not limited to embarrassment and unexpected dramatic change.

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Its to signal disbelief or even disgust at something that just happened

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