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    Question pat dry

    What is the meaning of "pat dry"? THX

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    You take a towel and gently touch it to the surface to remove water, instead of rubbing it vigorously.

    Let's say you had a big scrape on your arm. When you get out of the shower, you use your towel more vigorously to dry your back, but to dry your arm, you gently pat it dry instead of rubbing.

    You often see this in recipes - rinse the chicken breasts and pat dry, for example.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You take a towel and gently touch it to the surface to remove water, instead of rubbing it vigorously.

    Let's say you had a big scrape on your arm. When you get out of the shower, you use your towel more vigorously to dry your back, but to dry your arm, you gently pat it dry instead of rubbing.

    You often see this in recipes - rinse the chicken breasts and pat dry, for example.
    Thx a lot!! Very useful! I have an other one:D..How about when someone says:"They throw me a bone just to pick dry"? Bunch of thanks!
    I believe it means something like "arouse interest" but I am not sure. And also "pick dry" alone without the rest of the sentence - whats its meaning? Thank YOU!
    Last edited by pinkmast3ritza; 15-Sep-2010 at 19:14. Reason: EDIT

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