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(as) black as the minister's coat

dated Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as the minister's coat down there!
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minister to (one)

To tend to or care for one; to look after one's needs or wants. The missionary group has been ministering to the displaced people of the impoverished country ever since the tsunami devastated their villages. She ministers to the homeless at a shelter downtown on the weekends.
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minister to someone or something

to take care of someone or someone's needs. Sarah tried to minister to the people of the village. He sought to minister to the grief of the widow.
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At the moment of which we are now writing, the minister was looking at his cashier very much as we gaze at a window or a cornice, without supposing that either can hear us, or fathom our secret thoughts.
I am all the more anxious that we should settle everything with the prefect in the quietest way, because des Lupeaulx has designs upon the place for himself," said the minister, continuing his talk with the deputy; "his paltry little estate is in your arrondissement; we won't want him as deputy.
The cashier accordingly began to glide along the carpet and edge himself away, so that the minister saw him at a distance when he first took notice of him.
Barry had HER table decorated," said Anne, who was not entirely guiltless of the wisdom of the serpent, "and the minister paid her an elegant compliment.
Having abundance of roses and ferns and a very artistic taste of her own, she made that tea table such a thing of beauty that when the minister and his wife sat down to it they exclaimed in chorus over it loveliness.
The minister quailed before this outburst of sarcasm.
Sire, sire," murmured the minister, "for pity's" --
Devenham," the Prime Minister said, "we were speaking, a few minutes ago, of Prince Maiyo.
I am afraid you are right," the Prime Minister declared.
The minister had thought himself fortunate in marriage and had never permitted himself to think of other women.
The minister almost wept with joy at this deliver- ance from the carnal desire to "peep" and went back to his own house praising God.
Good-evening, monsieur le prince," said the minister, in a careless tone; "it is very kind of you to visit an old sick friend.
How could the minister possibly know the contents of the letter which had never been out of his keeping for a single instant?
At this wild and singular appeal, which indicated that Hester Prynne's situation had provoked her to little less than madness, the young minister at once came forward, pale, and holding his hand over his heart, as was his custom whenever his peculiarly nervous temperament was thrown into agitation.
There is truth in what she says," began the minister, with a voice sweet, tremulous, but powerful, insomuch that the hall re-echoed and the hollow armour rang with it -- "truth in what Hester says, and in the feeling which inspires her
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