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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 or 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

painted with the same brush

Unfairly judged or categorized as being the same as another person or thing, usually in a negative manner. Just because the CEO turned out to be a rotten scoundrel doesn't mean the entire company should be painted the with the same brush. There is absolutely a segment of video game enthusiasts who create a hostile and toxic environment online, but I hate the fact that anyone who enjoys video gamers is painted with the same brush.
See also: brush, painted, same

*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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Also revealed is that Luigi de' Rossi's left hand was painted onto the previously painted back of the papal throne.
Electric Steel didn't have much experience at painting castings, other than an instance in which the foundry had painted a few castings for another customer, who similarly had insisted that its 40-lb castings be painted before delivery.
Tell your friends what their paintings make you feel and how you can see what they were feeling when they painted them.
It has started a program called "Target Zero Seeds" that aims to remove every particle of dirt and dust, known as "seeds," from the bodies before they are painted.
BASF's Benefiel believes the gradual move of steel body colors to waterborne will eventually force plastic parts to be painted with waterborne, too.
When there are indications of lead hazard or poisoning, the DOH will send an inspector to the child's home to perform testing of painted surfaces to establish if lead concentrations fall above or below the acceptable threshold.
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.
Los Borrachos" was painted some six years after Velazquez's appointment as court artist and official portraitist to Philip IV.
This technique reportedly provides a smooth, high-gloss painted surface that meets automotive requirements (see PT, June '92, p.
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.
One painting features his 15-year-old son painted as an Indian, leading a horse.
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
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.
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.