backcomb

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back +‎ comb

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backcomb (third-person singular simple present backcombs, present participle backcombing, simple past and past participle backcombed)

  1. To hold hair and comb it towards the head, thus giving it a bushier look; tease.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 5,
      Her dark-blonde hair, worn long at Oxford, had been cut and backcombed, Diana-style, and quivered when she shook her head.

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