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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1971, of hair; see blow (v.1) + dry (v.). Related: Blow-dried; blow-drying.


n. An instance of blow-drying vb. To dry with a hair dryer


v. dry hair with a hair dryer

Usage examples of "blow-dry".

Always just in a gap in some bushes, or in a field, where she absorbs me like an ameba, all kiss-smell, and thighs, and lips blow-drying the sweat on my skin.

Quickly she showered and shampooed and was just beginning to blow-dry her hair when the telephone rang.

After blow-drying her hair to a semblance of order, she thought about clothes, but settled for the light robe Dane had selected for her.

She used a minimal amount of makeup, just enough to put a bit of color in her face, and blow-dried her hair.

One disastrous attempt at blow-drying her hair, which resulted in something resembling a hairy explosion, had persuaded her to let her curls dry naturally rather than outrage them with heat.

She took full advantage of the amenities provided, brushing her teeth, smoothing moisturizer into her skin, blow-drying her hair.

With another cup of coffee steaming close to hand, she blow-dried her hair, then used a dab of hair gloss to smooth down the flyaway tendrils.

She put on the small pot of hotel in-room coffee, then quickly blow-dried her hair and brushed her teeth.

She took her time, washing her hair, shaving her underarms and legs-an American habit she’d never lost-then smoothing scented lo­tion all over herself before blow-drying her hair and brushing her teeth.

The TV news was all blow-dried hair and moist white teeth - happy talk and phoney ad libs interspersed with hefty servings of murder and mayhem on blue plate special.

My particular villain is not some tattooed sex pervert, but an entire generation of blow-dried rapists with phones in their Volvos and five-million-dollar lines of credit and secretaries who give head.

I was at a trial once in the Central Law Courts - the Old Bailey -- when a beautifully dressed and blow-dried twenty-six-year-old glamour boy gave evidence -- all lies -- and the jury weren't allowed to know that he was already serving a sentence for confidence tricks and had come to court straight from jail, via the barber and the wardrobe room.