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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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So the Home Secretary stands up, smooths down her posh dress and blames the Johnny Foreigners.
The carol not singing, generosity out-souled Sweet beggar, forgive me You've heard the tales of beggar's scams - Takin' money from suckers Without any qualms And if she takes drugs to ease her pains Or smooths down booze With her begging gains - Remember, she'll be alone Besides, am I without sin?
If you're looking for something that gives you a dramatic boost and smooths down your torso under a slinky dress, then this Topshop bralet is perfect.
As the thick, almost sedimentary encrustations around the edges of his unframed pictures attest, he builds up his canvases with layers of different colors which he then smooths down, resulting in fields of paint that look damaged, stained, abraded, mottled.
NOSE IT ALL: One of 35 times he touched head; ON FRINGE: Chancellor smooths down his hair; PICKY: Brown examines his fingers as Blair talks
The former Crackerjack presenter smooths down his frock and grins: "My wife once said 'If you had been doing this when I met you I would never have married you'.