smooth down

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w>smooth down

vt sepglatt machen; feathers, hair, dressglatt streichen; (fig) person, feelingsbesänftigen
vi (fig)sich beruhigen
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"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.
Pile the mixture into the cake tin and smooth down with your fingers to make an even surface and refrigerate for at least two hours.
Occasionally it has gotten us into embarrassing situations in public, but mom being mom is always quick to smooth down ruffled feathers with her caring and endearing ways.
Gently smooth down the dough with a pastry brush dipped in a little water to get rid of any peaks.
It has the power to also smooth down our resistance to things like torture, like war and many other atrocities," Bhutto said.
Ensuring the cake is level, place some buttercream on the top and gradually smooth down the sides to cover the cake in a thin coating.
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.