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smooth back

To cause something to move back and remain flattened with or as with one's hand or hands. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "back." I smoothed back the feverish child's hair and placed a damp washcloth on her forehead. I smoothed the crinkled paper back so the scanner would be able to read the barcode.
See also: back, smooth

smooth something back

to flatten and position something by pressing or smoothing. He smoothed his hair back out of his eyes. Jeff smoothed back his hair.
See also: back, smooth
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This grip is designed to provide a measure of comfort through the contoured rubber material while also offering functionality with consistent hand positioning made possible by the smooth back surface of the grip.
Its modern and minimal shape is completed by the hidden beauty of its smooth back.
Even though the pulse is small, we see a rich spectrum of harmonics because the glottal waveform is maximally distorted (in comparison to a smooth back and forth wave).
intricate lacework at the wrist; the smooth back of the hand shivers
Smooth back your hair, leaving a few pieces loose in the front.
New for this year is The Bounty, which starts with a smooth back and forth swinging motion, eventually rising to an angle of up to 75 degrees.
His colleague Lucy Skinn, who organised the fundraiser, said: "To go from being one of the hairiest men I have ever seen to having a smooth back like that is amazing and he's raised pounds 275.
We call Australia home now, but as of Iraqi origin we are proud to participate in this election and we hope and pray that everything goes smooth back home and we get a democratic Iraq.
Tall, attractive and in his early twenties, with hair he was continually trying to smooth back from his brow, Roddy was popular with all the staff.
The smooth back fold design gives the Nokia 3610 Fold an understated elegance and its ergonomic shape - when opened - makes for a seemingly natural alignment to the human face.
Casting is one of the most difficult things about fishing, a complex process that involves a smooth back swing, catching your hook in your son's face, and then having to go to hospital (don't ask).
Yes, it all seemed so smooth back then," says Rick.