have a touch of the tar brush

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have a touch of the tar brush

dated ethnic slur To be of mixed race, such that one's skin is darker than that of a person with only white ancestry. My racist aunt refuses to vote for someone who has a touch of the tar brush.
See also: brush, have, of, tar, touch

touch of the tar brush

dated An ethnic slur used to indicate that someone is of mixed race, i.e., that their skin is darker than that of a person with only white ancestry. My racist aunt refuses to vote for someone who has a touch of the tar brush.
See also: brush, of, tar, touch
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