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smooth down

To cause something to lie and remain flat and smooth with or as with one's hand or hands. A noun or pronoun can be used between "smooth" and "down." I've been trying to smooth down my hair ever since I woke up, but this bed-head is just too stubborn! I got up off the bed after my nap and smoothed the sheets down.
See also: down, smooth

smooth something down

to make something flat or smooth by pressing. she smoothed her skirt down, fluffed her hair, and went into the boardroom. Karen smoothed down the bedclothes.
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References in classic literature ?
"Sir," said Gentleman Jones, smoothing down his wristbands again, and addressing me blandly as I lay on the floor, "I have the honor to inform you that you have now received your first lesson in politeness.
The visitor's daughter was already smoothing down her dress with an inquiring look at her mother, when suddenly from the next room were heard the footsteps of boys and girls running to the door and the noise of a chair falling over, and a girl of thirteen, hiding something in the folds of her short muslin frock, darted in and stopped short in the middle of the room.
That's what you call a `ruse,'" she said, smoothing down her feathers with her beak.
She was smoothing down the feathers of her back and not paying much attention.
She had got one of the cupboards open, and stood with her back to him, smoothing down a sheet of brown paper on one of the shelves, and whispering to herself "So, so!
After a moment he moved away and let her rise, when she set about smoothing down her rumpled coat, while he came stalking toward Dian and me.
Grewgious, smoothing down his head; 'that's very affable.'
On 29 January he took the plunge, undergoing a hip resurfacing procedure, which, unlike a conventional hip replacement, involves smoothing down the ball at the top of the thigh bone, covering it with a metal cap and putting another layer of metal in the pelvic socket to reduce friction.
It preserves color by smoothing down hair cuticles and helps to keep color vibrant longer while natural, plant-based sun filters help to prevent fading.
The road is long and there will be some bumps along the way, but this Eagles machine is rolling a like a deluxe 4x4 and smoothing down everything in their path at present.
Life has changed for the three main characters since we last saw them; Drake (Flynn) has a new wife who seems to be smoothing down his rough edges, Jackson (Rothenberg) is beginning to wonder if Whitechapel is really the place to put down roots, while Reid (Macfadyen) has undergone the biggest change of all.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, PS 17.43 @www.lookfantastic.com Use a hot brush on each section, holding at the roots to add height, then smoothing down to the ends.
'was great for smoothing down dry ends and promises to smooth split ends too.