give color to

Also found in: Idioms.
See: disguise
References in classic literature ?
So wise, as well as antique, was their aspect, as to give color to the idea, not merely that they were the descendants of a time-honored race, but that they had existed, in their individual capacity, ever since the House of the Seven Gables was founded, and were somehow mixed up with its destiny.
Extracts from these are intertwined with the factual narrative to give color to the tale.
Engelhard pigments are used to give color to products such as autos, plastics, paper and ink.