paint with a tar brush
 v. phr.— «People are afraid to stand up and say they’re Italian-American because immediately they get painted with a brush, a tar brush, that says Mafia, organized crime or something else nefarious of that type.» —“Biting criticism of ‘Shark Tale’” by Bryan Virasami Newsday Feb. 9, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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