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grease paint

noun
1.
an oily mixture of melted tallow or grease and a pigment, used by actors, clowns, etc., for making up their faces.
2.
theatrical makeup.
Origin of grease paint
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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  • She had not stayed even to wash the grease paint off her face.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
  • 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
  • But what she does in the night she undoes in the day, with the grease paint and sticky messes that are part of her profession.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • The embrace was of terrific power, and a certain amount of grease paint came off.

    Fair Margaret Francis Marion Crawford
  • 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
  • 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
  • My cheeks were so scarlet from mortification that no grease paint would have paled them.

  • Mr. Tree gave him one by taking a stick of grease paint and sketching it in outline on the glass.

  • The idea is, of course, to keep powder, grease paint and cold cream from getting into and soiling the hair.

  • That's what eats the heart out of me, mother; and makes me hate my face every time I sit down to put on the grease paint.

    Contemporary One-Act Plays Sir James M. Barrie

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