paint black

Represent someone or something as evil or harmful. This idiom is most often used in a negative context, as in He's not so black as he's been painted. [Late 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. painless,
  2. painlessly,
  3. pains,
  4. painstaking,
  5. paint,
  6. paint bridge,
  7. paint horse,
  8. paint oneself into a corner,
  9. paint pot,
  10. paint roller

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