color line

noun
1.
Also called color bar. social or political restriction or distinction based on differences of skin pigmentation, as between white and black people.
Idioms
2.
draw the color line, to observe a color line.

Origin:
1860–65, Americanism

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Example sentences
It may have looked that way on the white side of the color line.
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.
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