touch of the tar brush

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Believed to be of British origin.

Noun[edit]

touch of the tar brush

  1. (idiomatic) Pertaining to somebody of mixed racial heritage; to signify someone is commonly (though not exclusively) of Afro-Caribbean or, to a lesser extent South Asian in their background and/or in their appearance.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Not generally used for people that are unambiguously and distinguishably of mixed race. More often used for those whose ethnicity is more questionable.