lend color to

lend color to (something)

To embellish something; to add information or details to 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 ?
Shelley himself formed a union with Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the daughter of his revolutionary teacher.
Lagarde's very diverse city and country life, his career in financial services, harness racing and grape vineyards lend color to his expression.
However, his PI's should not be taken literally as they are really only expressions sans the malice or offense usually associated with expletives that lend color to his rhetorics and reveal the intensity of his reaction to given situations.
Might a wheelchair user appropriate a Spice Girl's tutu and wear it over slacks to lend color to her lap and a twinkle to her eye?