war paint

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

1820–30, Americanism

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war paint
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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Example sentences
Some still have the spirit to don the war paint in the hopes of luring customers.
Players can tweak and enhance any features, from scars and war paint to fine details on the character's face and body.
The red stains on the rock are said to be war paint.
He was sorry to see ministers don war paint and go out to fight evolution.
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