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local colour

noun
1.
the characteristic features or atmosphere of a place or time
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  • And it is in this respect that the local colour can literally be taken as local character.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Her great objection to Italy, on the whole, was its lack of local colour and character.

    Columba Prosper Merimee
  • "I don't care where she takes us to stay, so long as there's local colour," said Isabel.

  • Neither sentiment nor local colour suggests the prairie or the camp.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • I l-like it,—I like it all,—but, the local colour is so—so dark!

  • But the local colour is inaccurate, and the circumstances impossible.

    The Book of Coniston William Gershom Collingwood
  • The use of local colour in The Captive in the Caucasus is not very convincing.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • I have placed a nargile in your hand, to add to the local colour.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • We have already noticed in that the great absence of local colour.

    The Expositor's Bible George Adam Smith
  • Here was that variety as to local colour denied me in the other works.

    An Autobiography Elizabeth Butler

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