touch of the tar brush
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See also: touch of the tarbrush
believed to be of British origin
- (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.
Not generally used for people that are unambiguously and distinguishably of mixed race. More often used for those whose ethnicity is more questionable.