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acid washing

a process in which a denim garment is treated with a bleach solution containing chlorine-soaked stones so that the color becomes faded and the material is softer.
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acid-washed, adjective Unabridged
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  • The action of platinum salts upon a paper containing animal sizing gave it a tint which no amount of acid washing could remove.

    Crayon Portraiture Jerome A. Barhydt

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