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1. To dry off with a towel. I barely had time to towel down before I had to get dressed and rush out the door to work.
2. To rub someone or something with a towel in order to make them or it dry. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "towel" and "down." We'd better get going. Will you get the kids out of the pool and towel them down? I finished washing it, but I still need to towel down the car.
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.
1. slang To physically beat someone very severely. A noun or pronoun can be used between "towel" and "up." Primarily heard in Australia. The 33-year-old man admitted that he had gone out that night with the intention of finding someone to towel up. Listening to that smug imbecile made me want to just towel him up right then and there.
2. slang To defeat or dominate someone thoroughly, especially in sports. A noun or pronoun can be used between "towel" and "up." Primarily heard in Australia. The underdog team managed to towel up the returning champions with a stunning 6–1 victory. I barely managed to beat him in our first game of chess, but he toweled me up in the second game.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
towel someone or something down
to rub someone or something dry with a towel. The mother toweled her child down and dressed her in clean clothes. She toweled down the child gently. Towel down the dog. He's wet and shaking.
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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.