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paint black

Represent someone or something as evil or harmful. This idiom is most often used in a negative context, as in He's not so black as he's been painted. [ Late 1500s ]
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  • To make her cheeks red and paint black lines in her eyes; then paint her lips and fingers red—these things hid her.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • If you cannot paint black cloth you could not have painted silken doublet.

    Essays and Lectures Oscar Wilde
  • She does not paint black and white, but with human tints only in light and shadow.

    The Galaxy Various
  • “Ay, it is none so difficult to paint black white,” saith Aunt Joyce.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest Emily Sarah Holt

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