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war paint

paint applied by American Indians to their faces and bodies before going to war.
Informal. makeup; cosmetics.
Informal. full dress; regalia.
Origin of war paint
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I knew I was in for it and drew myself up majestically although I turned pale under my war paint.

    Biltmore Oswald J. Thorne Smith, Jr.
  • You may believe the plumes drooped and the war paint trickled.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • At least two hundred were present, and all of them were in war paint, although there were several styles of paint.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
  • There were thirty of them, and their bodies were half covered with war paint.

    Brooks's Readers, Third Year Stratton D. Brooks
  • The Snoqualmies came to Steilacoom, where they were to be tried, in war paint and parade.

    Blazing The Way Emily Inez Denny
  • They were mounted on good horses and had on their war paint and all were stripped34 to their waists.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • The wild men were the genuine article, in war paint and feathers.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
  • Brownie won't be satisfied unless she sees you in all your war paint.

    Back To Billabong Mary Grant Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for war paint

war paint

painted decoration of the face and body applied by certain North American Indians before battle
(informal) finery or regalia
(informal) cosmetics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for war paint

war paint

noun phrase


[1869+; fr the facial paint worn by Native American warriors]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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