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Excellent as always! Thank you so very much, SoothingDave, for pointing that out.
"The idea is it stops people trying to switch lanes to overtake and it smooths the traffic flow, everybody carries on travelling at a lower speed," he said.
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The pot is on a wheel, where Paula applies water, and smoothes out the imperfections known as belly bands. A sponge on a stick is used to smooth the inside of the pot.
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Smooth and soothe are synonyms for each other, aren't they?
The Free Dictionary; v. smoothed, smooth·ing, smoothes
3. To soothe or tranquilize; make calm.
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