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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
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Few of them ever looked below the grease paint, nor did the most discerning ever detect the laugh on the clown's face.

    Peter F. Hopkinson Smith
  • She had not stayed even to wash the grease paint off her face.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • He went through the whole performance, save the grease paint.

  • But then I saw that Siddy was already slapping on the alboline to keep the grease paint from getting into his pores.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • It is far easier to be somebody else on the stage, with the aid of wig and grease paint, than to appear as one's self.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • The embrace was of terrific power, and a certain amount of grease paint came off.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
  • Roll stopped near a table and picked up a stick of grease paint.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale Burt L. Standish
  • Now that the curtain was to rise, as an actor puts on a wig and grease paint, Vance assumed a certain voice and manner.

    Vera Richard Harding Davis
  • After rubbing cold cream over her arms and face with the palm of her hand she laid on the grease paint with the corner of a towel.

  • My cheeks were so scarlet from mortification that no grease paint would have paled them.

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