(the) tarbrush


(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 slightly darker than could be expected even by a rich girl's sunburn, her breasts were brown. (Touch of the tarbrush there,' murmured Pinn.) (I. Murdoch, 1974)
   The use, once prevalent, especially among the British in India, is offensive.

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