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 the hair away from the head and comb it towards the head, thus giving it a thicker look.
    • 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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