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To remove wetness from oneself, someone, or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "off." Here's a towel so you can dry yourself off when you get out of the pool. Can you answer the phone while I dry off my hands?
1. To lose moisture Hang your wet clothes outside on the clothesline so that they dry out.
2. To act to remove wetness from something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "out." Dry your wet clothes out by hanging them on the clothesline outside.
3. slang To stop feeling the effects of alcohol; to become sober again. Make sure he stays here and dries out before attempting to drive home.
4. slang To cause someone to stop feeling the effects of alcohol and become sober again. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "out." I'm trying to dry him out before he drives home, but it seems like the cup of coffee I gave him has had no impact.
5. slang To receive treatment for alcoholism. Is it true that Uncle Tom is drying out at a rehab facility for a while?
1. To lose moisture. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Hey, if you don't want that marker to dry up, put the cap back on it!
2. To remove wetness from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Let me get you a towel so you can dry up that spill.
3. To heal an inflammatory skin condition, such as acne or a rash. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dry" and "up." Don't worry, the doctor prescribed something that should dry this rash up straight away. That cream dried up my acne practically overnight.
4. Of an inflammatory skin condition, to become healed or relieved. If the rash doesn't dry up in a few weeks, you should see a dermatologist.
5. To go away or leave. Oh, dry up and give me some peace and quiet!
6. To stop talking; to be quiet. Typically used as an imperative. Oh, dry up already! I'm sick of hearing you complain.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. Lit. to become dry. The clothes finally dried out in the wet weather.
2. Fig. to allow alcohol and the effects of drunkenness, especially if habitual, to dissipate from one's body. He required about three days to dry out completely. He dried out in three days.
dry someone or something off
to remove the moisture from someone or something. Please dry your feet off before coming in. Dry off your feet before you come in here!
dry someone out
Fig. to cause someone to become sober; to cause someone to stop drinking alcohol to excess. If the doctor at the clinic can't dry him out, no one can. The hospital will dry out Mary and start treatment.
dry something out
to make something become dry. Dry this out and put it on immediately. Dry out your jacket in the clothes dryer.
dry something up
1. . to cause moisture to dry away to nothing. Dry this spill up with the hair dryer. Will the hair dryer dry up this mess?
2. to cure a skin rash by the use of medicine that dries. Let's use some of this to try to dry that rash up. This medicine will dry up your rash in a few days.
1. Lit. [for something] to dry away to nothing. Finally, the water on the track dried up, and the race was able to continue. When will the fields dry up so we can plant?
2. Fig. [for someone] to be quiet or go away. Dry up, you jerk! I wish you would dry up!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Undergo a cure for alcoholism, as in After years of constant drinking, he realized that he needed to dry out. [1960s]
1. Gradually become unproductive, as in After two collections of short stories, his ability to write fiction dried up. Also see well's run dry.
2. Stop talking; also, cause to stop talking. For example, Dry up! You've said enough. [Slang; mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To become free of liquid or moisture: If you sit in the sun, your wet hair will dry out.
2. To remove the moisture from something: Dry out your clothes on the line. We'll dry the rags out on the lawn.
3. Slang To become sober: I need a few hours to dry out before I go out again.
4. Slang To make someone become sober: The crisp morning air has dried me out a bit.
5. Slang To undergo a cure for alcoholism: My uncle went to a clinic to dry out.
1. To become devoid of liquid or moisture: During the drought, the pond dried up.
2. To cause something to become devoid of liquid or moisture: She dried up the wet table with a towel. He spilled some water on his pants and dried it up with a hair dryer.
3. To become unavailable gradually: The money for the grant dried up because of funding problems.
4. To stop talking suddenly: The suspect realized he was talking to the police without his lawyer and quickly dried up.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.