1. To dry off with a towel. I didn't even have time to towel off as I ran out of the shower to answer the door. I need to towel off after working up such a sweat.
2. To dry someone or something off with a towel. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "towel" and "off." He toweled the kids off after their bath and got them both dressed for bed. Gym members are reminded to always towel off the equipment after each use.
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towel someone or something off
to dry someone or something with a towel. The young mother toweled the baby off with a soft, warm towel. She toweled off the baby.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To dry oneself with a towel: The swimmer got out of the pool and toweled off.
2. To dry someone or something with a towel: I toweled off my wet feet before putting my socks on. We hosed the car down and toweled it off.
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