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War paint   /wɔr peɪnt/   Listen
War paint

Adornment consisting of paint applied to the face and body of certain Amerindians before a battle.
Full ceremonial regalia.
Cosmetics applied to the face to improve or change your appearance.  Synonyms: make-up, makeup.

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"War paint" Quotes from Famous Books

... back, you bawl baby! We were just foolin'! You ain't hurt a mite!" Billiard swaggered into view from behind a tall boulder half-way up the mountainside, and even Tabitha shuddered at the spectacle he presented, for he was togged out in war paint and feathers till he looked fiendish as he brandished a tomahawk in one hand and an evil-looking knife in the other. At sight of the girl on the narrow piazza, he hastily retreated behind the rocks again; but Tabitha was there almost as soon as he. Snatching the gorgeous headdress from the culprit's ...
— Tabitha's Vacation • Ruth Alberta Brown

... staked upon it was she and the maid also, that one would not dare think of the humor of the situation if Helen herself had not broken the spell by declaring that she felt like an Ashantee warrior being decked out for battle with plumes and war paint, or like Rinaldo, or Amadis donning ...
— King Midas • Upton Sinclair

... with the usual thousands of carpet bagger (literally the old Brussel carpet bags) pilgrims. As previously reported I toted a borrowed frock coat and stovepipe hat. Our guide said special clothing was not needed for the ladies. I put on my war paint, and the chief priest having been written from Tokyo of our impending arrival, an hour had been set. At the outermost gate, the Torii, the ceremony of purification, took place. We had water poured ...
— Letters from China and Japan • John Dewey

... mouth batteries were being erected and great guns mounted. Bands played national airs, and one man-of-war enveloped in a cloud of white smoke was engaged in target-practice with her secondary battery. Every Government vessel in the harbor had on war paint of invisible lead color, not pretty, but most business-like in appearance. All were also in fighting-trim, with topmasts lowered and every superfluity removed from their decks. The whole scene was of exciting interest, and Ridge ...
— "Forward, March" - A Tale of the Spanish-American War • Kirk Munroe

... youth at that very moment told him a singular fact: only a short distance in front of him stood two red men in their war paint. They were talking together and had their backs toward him. Indeed, they were so motionless, that he had failed to see them in the first place, and would have failed again but for the low, guttural murmur ...
— The Lost Trail - I • Edward S. Ellis

... get on at all for a long time; but whenever he was pushed into a case he burnt himself up on it. Tom was always that kind of a fellow—if the drums beat hard enough he would put on his war paint and go out and win the fight. There's a dreamy streak in Tom; I guess he never boiled out all the college professor he had in him; but he's to the front now. They think a lot of him over at Indianapolis; he's had a chance to go into one of the best law firms there. He's ...
— Otherwise Phyllis • Meredith Nicholson

Words linked to "War paint" :   array, eyeshadow, mascara, adornment, lipstick, lip-gloss, eyeliner, paint, make-up, eyebrow pencil, greasepaint, regalia, kohl, cosmetic, rouge, lip rouge, raiment, face powder, colloquialism, blackface, blusher

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