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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    1
    a hairdressing technique where hair is brushed towards the scalp; used to build a soft cushion or to mesh two or more curl patterns together for a uniform and smooth comb outSubmitted by court-court from United States on 23/10/2014
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    a technique used in decorating, where you use a brush or roller to work paint into a surface that has been spray painted

    Back-brushing is an important step in an exterior paint job for rougher surfaces.

    Submitted by court-court from United States on 23/10/2014
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