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not as black as (one) is painted

Not as evil, malicious, or malignant as one is described or believed to be. Everyone is afraid of the old hermit who lives on the edge of town, but after having a few conversations with him, he's not nearly as black as he's painted. The biker gang plays up its tough demeanor and hellish reputation, but they're really just a bunch of regular guys and not as black as they're painted.
See also: black, not, painted

paint (something) with a broad brush

To describe or characterize something in very general, vague, or broad terms, ignoring or neglecting to include specific details. When asked about how she would stabilize the economy, the candidate painted her plan with a broad brush, resorting to vague claims about creating jobs and getting people back to work.
See also: broad, brush, paint

paint the lily

To add embellishment to something that is already beautiful or outstanding. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's King John: "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily ... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." My wife is so gorgeous that putting her in a fancy gown would just be painting the lily. Why add a filter to your photo of the rainbow? No need to paint the lily.
See also: lily, paint

painted cat

A prostitute. This phrase likely combines another term for a prostitute, "painted woman," with "cathouse"—a term for brothel. A: "You know, I heard that Mary is a painted cat. It would explain where all her money comes from." B: "Mary is not a prostitute!"
See also: cat, painted

be (not) as black as (someone/something) is painted

To be as bad or unpleasant as someone or something is rumored to be. This phrase is often used in the negative to convey the opposite. That class is as black as it is painted—I've never had so much homework in my life! Mr. Stewart may yell a lot, but he's not as black as he is painted—he's actually helped me carry my groceries many times.
See also: black, painted

(as) black as (one) is painted

As evil, malicious, or malignant as one is described or believed to be. I wasn't sure why everyone is afraid of the old hermit who lives on the edge of town, but after having a few conversations with him, I found that he is as black as he's painted! The biker gang plays up its tough demeanor and hellish reputation, but they're really just a bunch of regular guys and not as black as they're painted.
See also: black, painted

the devil is not so black as he is painted

One is not as evil, malicious, or malignant as one is described or believed to be. The biker gang plays up its tough demeanor and hellish reputation, but they're really just a bunch of regular guys. The devil is not as black as he is painted.
See also: black, devil, he, not, painted

*black as one is painted

as evil as described. (Usually negative. *Also: as ~.) The landlord is not as black as he is painted. He seems quite generous to me. Young people are rarely black as they are painted in the media.
See also: black, one, painted

devil is not so black as he is painted

Prov. No one is as bad as people say he is. (Implies that people are saying too many bad things about someone.) I can't believe that actress is as coldhearted as the gossip columns say she is. The devil is not so black as he is painted.
See also: black, devil, he, not, painted

not as black as you are painted

INFORMAL
If someone is not as black as they are painted, they are not as bad as people generally consider them to be. I'm really not as black as I'm painted,' he said pointedly.
See also: black, not, painted

not as black as you are painted

not as bad as you are said to be. informal
The proverb the devil is not as black as he is painted , first recorded in English in the mid 16th century, was used as a warning not to base your fears of something on exaggerated reports.
See also: black, not, painted

he, it, etc. is not as black as he, it, etc. is ˈpainted

he, it, etc. is not as bad as people say: The boss is not as black as she’s painted; in fact, I find her quite helpful and friendly.
See also: black, not, painted
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Many murals are enlarged photographs; others depict painted or sketched subjects.
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So in the end, three layers emerged beneath ``Tragedy'': the rough sketches, a thickly painted action scene from the bullring, and another bullfight painting, showing horses dragging a dead horse from the ring.
If they are hung closely together, the intervals can be picked up by the progression of the painted forms, so that wall space becomes an element in the overall work, even as the intervals are set off by the depth of the stretchers and the fact that, in some cases, Newman has allowed his loaded brush to run from the edge of the surface plane onto the tacking margin, thereby designating each painting as a discrete or autonomous image in an otherwise continuous distribution of lines and bands.
One is the development of materials that can be directly painted without requiring any surface modification or adhesion promoter.
For example, lead readings form lead pipes in a wall behind a painted surface are not subtracted from the lead paint readings.
Throughout the '80s the construction of Murray's paintings became both visually and physically more elaborate, as weirdly shaped canvases collided and, increasingly, overlapped in seemingly provisional arrays that are lent stability only by the unifying field of the painted image.
While the same Housing Maintenance Code also provides that a landlord must keep its apartments properly painted and that painting is required every three years, a landlord and tenant may voluntarily agree to forego painting for up to two additional years.
Be careful when applying; dewaxer won't hurt gelcoat, but it will affect painted top sides.
Support for Corel(R) Paint Shop Pro(R) and Corel Photo Album - Customers using Windows can optimize their photos with Corel Paint Shop Pro X, create personalized handmade paintings with Corel Painter Essentials 3, and then use Corel Photo Album 6 to easily use their final painted images in creative projects, such as calendars and greeting cards, that are perfect for sharing
GLENDALE - Two-foot-high numbers are being painted on the roofs of homes and businesses in Glendale in a new program to help police helicopter crews responding to crime scenes.
A flicker between appearing to be there and being painted as if to appear to be there, and a concentration on human individuals of life- or just under life-size (a perception of scale disrupted by Velazquez's Dwarf, a child-man, and by Manet's Fifer, a man-child)--the two painters share those things.
A home's exterior should be painted approximately every five years (sun- exposed woodwork more frequently), and it typically will cost about $3,000 for a single story, 1,200-square-foot tract home that's in fair to good condition.