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tinge (something) with (something)

1. Literally, to tint something with a small or faint trace of color. Often used in passive constructions. The painter tinged the landscape with a shade of red that gave the painting a more ominous and solemn atmosphere. His hair has become tinged with white from the stress of his job.
2. By extension, to impart or imbue some faint or slight element, property, characteristic, etc. The director has made the wise choice of tinging his latest drama with comedy to keep the audience from becoming totally overwhelmed by the heavy subject matter. The actor's acceptance speech was tinged with sadness because of the recent death of her husband.
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tinge something with something

to give something a bit of the character, color, state of mind, light, etc., of something. The dust in the air had tinged the sunset with orange. The evening air was tinged with the smell of jasmine.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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