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dry off

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?
See also: dry, off

dry out

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 awhile?
See also: dry, out

dry up

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 a skin rash or irritation. Don't worry, the doctor prescribed something that should make this rash dry right up.
4. To go away or leave. Oh, dry up and give me some peace and quiet!
See also: dry, up

dry out

 
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.
See also: dry, out

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!
See also: dry, off

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.
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dry something out

to make something become dry. Dry this out and put it on immediately. Dry out your jacket in the clothes dryer.
See also: dry, out

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.
See also: dry, up

dry up

 
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!
See also: dry, up

dry out

Undergo a cure for alcoholism, as in After years of constant drinking, he realized that he needed to dry out. [1960s]
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dry up

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]
See also: dry, up

dry out

v.
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.
See also: dry, out

dry up

v.
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.
See also: dry, up
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