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black

mod. without cream or milk. (Said of coffee.) Black coffee, good and hot, please.
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I'll have nothing to do wi' a 'cademy again: whativer school I send Tom to, it sha'n't be a 'cademy; it shall be a place where the lads spend their time i' summat else besides blacking the family's shoes, and getting up the potatoes.
Robert Toll, in Blacking Up, lists only six such groups, none of which is known to have lasted more than a month.
Along these lines I would argue that Schuyler's best known novel, Black No More, which is devoted to the phenomena of role playing, masquerading, whiting and blacking up in response to America's racial phobias, may be more autobiographical than critics have realized.