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dust down

verb (transitive, adverb)
to remove dust from by brushing or wiping
to reprimand severely
Derived Forms
dusting down, noun
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  • We hastened home to the sorry shelter of the mess that we might wash the dust down our throats with tea.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • “Unless you washed the dust down just once in a while,” said Major Flint.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • The clattering hoofs disappeared in a cloud of dust down the road.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • In a little while they espied a cloud of dust down the highway.

    The Motor Boys Clarence Young
  • And having thus delivered himself, the man wheeled around his coal-black steed and was off in a cloud of dust down the road.

    Dave Porter at Star Ranch Edward Stratemeyer
  • I stopped at the 'Femme-sans-Tete' to wash the dust down my parched throat.

    Gerfaut, Complete Charles de Bernard
  • He saw a cloud of dust down the road and a bay horse running fast.

  • He started sweeping again, sweeping the dust down from stair to stair.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • They keep the dust down, I suppose, for I could not think of any other use for them.

    Pages From an Old Volume of Life Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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