One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A social system in which black and other nonwhite people are denied access to the same rights, opportunities, and facilities as white people.
- ‘Jackie Robinson had to suffer injustice before following his pathway to dreams when he surmounted baseball's colour bar in 1945.’
- ‘You can't fight the colour bar merely by telling people it exists.’
- ‘In sixth grade, for example, my teacher selected me to write a sports column for the class newsletter, and I wrote about Jackie Robinson's drive to break the colour bar and become the first Black American in the major leagues.’
- ‘Although he lifted the colour bar, he sent telegrams to every embassy telling them to find ‘administrative means’ to reject black volunteers.’
- ‘A color bar was established that defined what jobs a black worker could and could not do: white workers inevitably won the better jobs, and in 1913 white workers received trade-union recognition.’
- ‘Unlike other parts of the Empire, Britain's 1914 and 1948 Nationality Acts affirmed that there was no colour bar to British citizenship.’
- ‘This is especially true of course when one considers the legislation that used to exist in South Africa with regard to sex across the colour bar and homosexuality.’
- ‘It features Clive Rowe, a black actor who has proved there is no colour bar to taking over and excelling in roles written for Caucasians.’
- ‘Hertzog's government and subsequent governments progressively entrenched the colour bar.’
- ‘It was also a time when employers could operate a colour bar, hotels or guest houses could display ‘no coloureds’ notices, and a private citizen was free to discriminate or not as he chose on any grounds in any area of life.’
- ‘He lost his job when he sided with the white (largely Afrikaner) workers in their dispute over the abandonment of the colour bar.’
- ‘Given that colour bars have practically disappeared, it appears that much of Asian social segregation is not so much because of racism, but rather is voluntary.’
- ‘In a generation it has become a truly racially harmonious place, wiping away centuries of colour bar.’
- ‘A formal colour bar in employment was introduced in 1934, under the Industrial Conciliation Act.’
- ‘Although the colour bar lasted only a few seasons, football in Darwin was tainted with racist exclusion until the end of the war.’
- ‘So although marriage across the colour bar was unlawful in apartheid South Africa, a priest who married a black man and a white woman was not engaged in an act of corruption.’
- ‘He upheld customary usages and institutions in Goa, reduced anti-Hindu discrimination, promoted education and tolerance, and abolished the colour bar.’
- ‘Clubs which openly operated a colour bar were a considerable problem in the 1960s, and there were several cases under the Race Relations Act 1968 dealing with this.’
2A strip on printed material or a screen display showing a range of colors, used to ensure that all colors are printed or displayed correctly.
- ‘It includes color bars so the viewer can adjust his or her screen settings for best effect.’
- ‘Two full minutes of color bars precede the feature, as does a split-second flash of the feature's exact running time.’
- ‘But it was only noticeable when I put up the color bars and gave the set its regular calibration.’
- ‘Both discs contain color bars so that everyone can calibrate the picture properly.’
- ‘‘The color bars are to help you get a reasonable picture out of your TV,’ Fincher says.’
- ‘The thing I found most interesting was not the different testcards or colour bars, but the ones that were the same as ours.’
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