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(as) black as the minister's coat

dated Completely black; totally without light or color. The basement gives me the creeps, it's as black as the minister's coat down there!
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minister to someone or something

to take care of someone or someone's needs. Sarah tried to minister to the people of the village. He sought to minister to the grief of the widow.
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I retired to rest at night; my slumbers, as it were, waited on and ministered to by the assemblance of grand shapes which I had contemplated during the day.
One of them-- a clerical friend--kindly helped me to take sittings for our little party in the church in which he himself ministered.
The third, and not the least numerous or influential, is composed of all that delicate gentility which cannot bear a superior, and cannot brook an equal; of that class whose Republicanism means, 'I will not tolerate a man above me: and of those below, none must approach too near;' whose pride, in a land where voluntary servitude is shunned as a disgrace, must be ministered to by slaves; and whose inalienable rights can only have their growth in negro wrongs.
There was a classical daughter once--perhaps--who ministered to her father in his prison as her mother had ministered to her.
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