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 Paint.Painter. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Paint the Lion (To),
 
on board ship, means to strip a person naked and then smear the body all over with tar. (See Notes and Queries, 6th August, 1892.)   1
 


 Paint.Painter. 

 
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