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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?
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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!
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DRY THEM OFF Leave the tubers upside down in a greenhouse or shed to dry off, and once that's done, remove any remaining soil with your hands and cut off any bits that look damaged or diseased.
It has been specifically formulated to work with wet skin, so you can reapply it when your little one comes out of the pool without having to dry them off first.
You need to wipe the tiles with a wet cloth and then dry them off with an old towel.
Let them cool and dry them off, then place them in freezer bags and store in your freezer.
99 ROLL OVER Dry them off with their own towel and watch them roll with pleasure as they get the star treatment, pounds 3.
Dry them off on a framework of canes and netting before bringing them indoors (cover them with plastic sheeting if rain threatens or the base of the bulbs may re-grow and you'll have trouble keeping them).
Some sort of garment was used in the ancient church because adults were baptized, and they were naked, so some simple clothing was needed to dry them off and cover them for entrance into the main worship space (the baptistery was normally a separate building, albeit sometimes attached to the church.
Stop watering cannas to dry them off before storing them for the winter in a frost-free place.
Answering the phone would require the person to de-glove, wash his/her hands, dry them off, and then answer the call.
I can only guess that they were catalogued early in the morning, before the sun had a chance to dry them off.
If you're in a bind, you can also chill the potatoes quickly in a large bowl of ice water, but be sure to dry them off before proceeding.
It gets in dogs' paws and can cause irritation and soreness, so dip your dog's feet in clean water after each walk to rinse it away before you dry them off.
Cut back chrysanthemums, dry them off and store them in a frost-free place until spring, when they can be replanted.
LIFT summer-flowering bulbs such as gladioli once the foliage has died back ,and dry them off in the airing cupboard before cleaning and storing them in a frost-free shed.