Definitions starting with T

ID #4624

tar brush; lick of the (tar) brush

[cf. 1811 DVT "blue skin...anyone having cross of the black breed, or, as it is termed, a lick of the tar brush"] phr. a trace of black ancestry: 1971 My daughter plans to get married to a Long Island boy, and he looks white, but as you know they all got a lick of the brush - and i don't want any nigger grand-children (McCartney 63). 1972 There are few mulattos, although occasionally a seemingly white man will be specified as being "touched with the tar brush"  (Durrell 39).

Tags: anatomy, phrase, skin

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Last update: 2011-08-29 01:23
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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