smooth down

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w>smooth down

vt sepglatt machen; feathers, hair, dressglatt streichen; (fig) person, feelingsbesänftigen
vi (fig)sich beruhigen
References in classic literature ?
If thou carriest thy wife with thee (and it is not well for those that administer governments to be long without their wives), teach and instruct her, and strive to smooth down her natural roughness; for all that may be gained by a wise governor may be lost and wasted by a boorish stupid wife.
For she walked silently and almost with a smile on her face, towards the bed, and began to smooth down George's pillow.
For an extra sleek look, work a small amount of smoothing lotion into the palm of your hands then smooth down flyaways.
Anya Dellicompagni, director of hairdressing, Francesco Group for Wella Professionals, said: "To achieve that sleek, glossy, blown-out look, wrap-dry your hair with a paddle brush to help smooth down the hair follicles.
Infused with natural Argan oil, this hair treatment bundle is designed to moisturise and smooth down strands.
Following extraction, we smooth down any rough bony ridges so they don't poke up through the gum.
Smooth down the protruding cream on the sides with a knife blade, add the remaining caramel, spreading it evenly on the whole surface.
Finally, with your hair arranged in place, spritz with hairspray and smooth down.
But there was heartache for one contender, whose bid to claim the record for most t-shirts donned in three minutes was disallowed when officials ruled he had failed to smooth down all of the 59 shirts properly.
Dig out those pussycat bow blouses and smooth down the satin.
What you're planning to do is straighten it out, smooth down the sheets and covers and plump up the pillows, so that tonight when you plan to use it again, it will be comfortable.