war-paint

war paint

noun
1.
paint applied by American Indians to their faces and bodies before going to war.
2.
Informal. makeup; cosmetics.
3.
Informal. full dress; regalia.

Origin:
1820–30, Americanism

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war paint
 
n
1.  painted decoration of the face and body applied by certain North American Indians before battle
2.  informal finery or regalia
3.  informal cosmetics

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