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give color to (something)

1. To add flourish or provide an interesting accompaniment to something. Idioms and metaphors are just some of the things that give color to language.
2. To embellish or exaggerate something so as to give it the appearance of truth, credibility, or plausibility. The defendant even bought used tickets to give color to his story of being at the opera when the murder took place.
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References in classic literature ?
You don't want to give color to the gossip that agreement with your views about the improvements is necessary to getting on with us.
Cudjoe must put in the horses, as quietly as may be, about twelve o'clock, and I'll take her over; and then, to give color to the matter, he must carry me on to the next tavern to take the stage for Columbus, that comes by about three or four, and so it will look as if I had had the carriage only for that.
Antioxidant phytochemicals give color to plants, so the more colors you eat, the more different types of antioxidants you're getting.
Politics can ruin you, it can give color to everything.
Extracts from these are intertwined with the factual narrative to give color to the tale.
Neitz asked experts in the vision field whether they thought producing pigment in color-blind adult monkeys could give color vision.