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noun
an oily mixture of melted tallow or grease and a pigment, used by actors, clowns, etc., for making up their faces.
theatrical makeup.
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Origin of grease paint

First recorded in 1885–90
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How to use grease paint in a sentence

  • Now dearest Gerald uses pinky greasepaint and gilds his eyelids.

    Ulysses|James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for grease paint

greasepaint
/ (ˈɡriːsˌpeɪnt) /

noun
a waxy or greasy substance used as make-up by actors
theatrical make-up
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