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wet back

To apply water or another liquid to something, especially hair, in order to make it remain lying flat. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wet" and "back." My mom made me wet my hair back for the school photographs. He wetted the decals back with a sticky substance to stop them from peeling up from the side of the car.
See also: back, wet
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wet back

v.
To cause something to lie flat by making it wet and brushing it back: Now that I have short hair, I have to wet it back or it stands on end. I washed my face and wet back my hair.
See also: back, wet
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.
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Alan opted to fish between the Gravel Pits and Todds Hole, casting into the gentle ripple and pulling his wets back. As soon as a rising fish was covered, it invariably took.