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  • Gylingden young ladies used to peep in, and from the lobby observe the wenches dry-rubbing and waxing the floor, and the great Mr. Pummice, with his myrmidons, in aprons and paper caps, retouching the gilding.

    Wylder's Hand

  • The gloss upon the cheeks might be produced by perseverance in the process of dry-rubbing; the more humid style of visage, by the application of emollient cataplasms.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, August 7, 1841

  • Those who visited Swallow Barn will long remember the morning stir, of which the murmurs arose even unto the chambers, and fell upon the ears of the sleepers; the dry-rubbing of floors, and even the waxing of the same until they were like ice; -- and the grinding of coffee-mills; -- and the gibber of ducks and chickens and turkeys; and all the multitudinous concert of homely sounds.

    Southern Literature From 1579-1895 A comprehensive review, with copious extracts and criticisms for the use of schools and the general reader

  • Many had goitres and rheumatism, for the cure of which they flocked to my tent; dry-rubbing for the latter, and tincture of iodine for the former, gained me some credit as a doctor: I could, however, procure no food beyond trifling presents of eggs, meal, and more rarely, fowls.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete

  • Linda was found by her aunt in their lodger's sitting-room, busy with brooms and brushes, while Tetchen on her knees was dry-rubbing the polished board round the broad margin of the room.

    Linda Tressel

  • The Gylingden young ladies used to peep in, and from the lobby observe the wenches dry-rubbing and waxing the floor, and the great Mr. Pummice, with his myrmidons, in aprons and paper caps, retouching the gilding.

    Wylder's Hand

  • They who have visited Swallow Barn will long remember the morning stir, of which the murmurs arose even unto the chambers, and fell upon the ears of the sleepers; -- the dry-rubbing of floors, and even the waxing of the same until they were like ice; -- and the grinding of coffee mills; -- and the gibber of ducks, and chickens, and turkeys; and all the multitudinous concert of homely sounds.

    Swallow Barn, or A Sojourn in the Old Dominion. In Two Volumes. Vol. I.

  • I’ll just get it off the old-fashioned way dry-rubbing.

    SAG AWARDS ARE ALSO LAME

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