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lend color to (something)

To embellish or add information or details to an account of something, especially to make it seem more credible or probable. He splashed mud all over his car and clothes to lend color to his story about being in the mountains all weekend. We cannot do anything that will lend color to our opponents' allegations about us.
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lend color to something

Fig. to provide an interesting accompaniment for something. Your clever comments lent a great deal of color to the slide show of your vacation. The excellent master of ceremonies will lend color to an otherwise dry panel discussion.
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lend color to

Embellish, especially to give the appearance of truth. For example, I'm sure he lied about reaching the summit; that detailed account about losing his pack merely lent color to the story . This expression uses color in the sense of "appearance of authenticity." [Late 1700s]
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References in classic literature ?
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.
Like beta carotene, lycopene is one of a group of pigments called carotenoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that give color to fruits and vegetables, but are not created by the human body.
Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocytes (mel-AN-oh-sites), the cells that give color to our skin and hair.
Three different pigments - chlorophyll, flavonoids, and carotenoids - mixed in different proportions, give color to flowers.