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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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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."
Bulstrode's side, namely, more decided seriousness, more admiration for mind, and a house outside the town, sometimes served to give color to their conversation without dividing them--well-meaning women both, knowing very little of their own motives.
Further, Rakesh highlights that Apple would not give color on iPhone/iPad units going forward, a headwind for suppliers with the lack of visibility, and with some of the weaker emerging market currencies the same $1000/$1400 Xs/Xs Max is selling at $1400/$1900 in China/Russia and East European countries.
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.