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grease paint

an oily mixture of melted tallow or grease and a pigment, used by actors, clowns, etc., for making up their faces.
theatrical makeup.
Origin of grease paint
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The crowd of "supers" were prompt with grease-paint to make their colour more Egyptian.

    England Frank Fox
  • What you have just put on is known as a grease-paint makeup.

  • It made her comb her hair all awry and apply the grease-paint to her cheeks with a trembling hand.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • A wig, a stick of grease-paint, a threepenny twist of crepe hair, and there you are!

    Cleek, the Master Detective Thomas W. Hanshew
  • The poet has the look of a cowboy off the stage, tanned with grease-paint.

    Drum Taps Walt Whitman
  • When he was dressed in the overalls and had wiped the grease-paint from his face on an old rag, no one would have recognized him.

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