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  • n  a substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear
  • v  make or become black

  • It is hardly news to Dickens specialists today that the blacking-factory episode, as Wilson puts it, "provided nearly a lifetime's impetus toward artistic creation.
  • And on Muhammad's face there was an oblong too, blacking out his eyes.
  • From peanuts he made nearly 300 substances; from sweet potatoes 118, including starch, vinegar, shoe-blacking, library paste, candy.

  • Horacio Ramirez in Colorado Rockies News
    The only thing I remember is finishing the pitch,Ramirez said. "I really don't recall the ball hitting me. ...... I don't recall blacking out. It all just happened so quick."
  • Sonia Rolland in Times Online (blog)
    Sonia Rolland, an actress who is part-Rwandan and a former Miss France, said: "Dumas had quite African features. In this film, they are hiding his history, blacking him up and putting curls on a Gaulish head. In the midst of our debate on national...

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