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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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The house next door to the Presbyterian Church, through the windows of which the minister had seen the sight that had so upset him, was occupied by two women.
That minister was GALBET, or admiral of the realm, very much in his master's confidence, and a person well versed in affairs, but of a morose and sour complexion.
de Blacas pondered deeply between the confident monarch and the truthful minister.
Stone, two ministers, went on foot from Massachusetts to Connecticut, through the pathless woods, taking their whole congregation along with them.
Since you are a Frenchman, monsieur, you ought to know the position of a prime minister at the court of France.
The Prime Minister prides himself on doing without a chauffeur, but he can't do without a factotum and Jack-of-all-trades; and poor old Bunker has to play the part of a universal genius, which God knows he was never meant for.
From the Palace of Peace he hurried directly to the palace of the Dusarian minister.
The day on which a serious and unlooked-for struggle about this appointment began, after a ministerial dinner which preceded one of those receptions which ministers regard as public, des Lupeaulx was standing beside the fireplace near the minister's wife.
And besides, we met the new minister and his wife coming from the station.
He used to be the minister in Baywater, you know, and he had a large family and his children were very mischievous.
There was a rustle in the gallery, which nobody noticed; a moment later the church door creaked; the minister raised his streaming eyes above his hand- kerchief, and stood transfixed
In much anxiety he went to seek for help, and soon there were several friends assembled in the house, the minister among them, while Silas went away to his work, wishing he could have met William to know the reason of his non-appearance.
Now the good old minister went into the hall where the two impostors sat working at the empty weaving-looms.
With one accord they started, expressing more wonder than if some strange minister were coming to dust the cushions of Mr.
A king, ignorant and embarrassed as I shall be, will, as a matter of course, require a first minister of state.
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