paint applied by American Indians to their faces and bodies before going to war.
Informal. makeup; cosmetics.
Informal. full dress; regalia.
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How to use war paint in a sentence
You see people in war paint or doing the tomahawk chop and saying, “Scalp him.”Amanda Blackhorse Is ‘Confident’ Snyder Will Lose His Redskins Appeal | Robert Silverman | June 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He thought Redskins was funny, just as he thought the war paint and feather headdress he made the head coach wear were funny.
That "partisan war paint" is going to be requoted and remembered for some time.
The general ensemble of war-paint and spotted ponies was enough for me; I didn't need to be told that it was my move.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Wolf Paw, frowning down at him angrily, was still wearing his yellow and red war paint, faded by the ride of several days.Shaman | Robert Shea
House grinned; but two big hot tears coursed down cheek of Silomio, making deep furrows in the war paint.
I-o-wy, the Ioway; one of Black Hawks principal warriors; his body curiously ornamented with his war-paint.
They set off through the forest, a grim and terrible company, smeared with war paint and stained with human blood.Four American Indians | Edson L. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for war paint
painted decoration of the face and body applied by certain North American Indians before battle
informal finery or regalia
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