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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 (one)

To tend to or care for one; to look after one's needs or wants. The missionary group has been ministering to the displaced people of the impoverished country ever since the tsunami devastated their villages. She ministers to the homeless at a shelter downtown on the weekends.
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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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