to dry (laundry) after washing, without smoothing, ironing, etc.
(of laundered clothes, sheets, etc.) dried but not ironed.
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How to use rough-dry in a sentence
There's the clothes in the basket under the table downstairsyou might begin to iron 'em; they're only rough dry.The Wide, Wide World | Susan Warner
They are put on rough-dry in the morning, and so worn until they are considered dirty enough for another purification.Ben, the Luggage Boy; | Horatio Alger
In the nearest cabin to the right some rough dry grass had been stored as if for the bedding of an animal.The Ghost Girl | H. De Vere Stacpoole
So she had determined to use her bed-linen and underclothing rough-dry.The Secret of a Happy Home (1896) | Marion Harland
She insisted on having every piece that moment—clean or dirty, ironed or rough-dry.L'Assommoir | Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for rough-dry
(of clothes or linen) dried ready for pressing
(tr) to dry (clothes or linen) without smoothing or pressing
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