paint a black picture (of someone or something)(redirected from paint a black picture of someone)
paint a black picture (of someone or something)
To describe or portray someone, something, or some event as being extremely bad, hopeless, or unpleasant. You always paint a black picture of him, but he's a decent guy if you get to know him. I was really worried before starting the course because everyone I talked to had been painting such a black picture.
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