touch of the tarbrush

A derogatory descriptive phrase for when a person of predominantly Caucasian ancestry has real or suspected African or Asian distant ancestry

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  • a touch of the tarbrush — n (having) a skin colour which suggests a trace of black or coloured ancestry. This euphemism, often heard in a discrimi natory context, originated in the mid 19th century, when it was also used to refer to sailors (the tarbrush being used on… …   Contemporary slang

  • (the) tarbrush —    partial descent from a non white ancestor    If a brush is used for tarring, it will retain dark streaks when you seek to use it later for a lighter colour. The genes controlling dark skin pigmentation are also dominant:     ... her body was… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • tarbrush — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: tar (I) + brush 1. : a brush for applying tar 2. : colored or Negro blood everyone s brothers under the skin, but there s no tarbrush in my family Michael Williams very complicated, this color business … you might, you… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tarbrush — n See a touch of the tarbrush …   Contemporary slang

  • tarbrush — /ˈtabrʌʃ/ (say tahbrush) noun 1. a brush for applying tar. –phrase 2. a touch of the tarbrush, (derogatory) African or other dark skinned ancestry or appearance. {tar1 + brush1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • List of ethnic slurs — The following is a list of ethnic slurs (ethnophaulisms) that are, or have been, used as insinuations or allegations about members of a given ethnicity or to refer to them in a derogatory (critical or disrespectful), pejorative (disapproving or… …   Wikipedia

  • Operation Epsom — Part of Battle for Caen An ammunition carrier of the 11th Armoured Division explodes after it is hit by a mortar round during Operation Epsom – …   Wikipedia

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