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  • v. Alternative spelling of backcomb.


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  • I always had to back-comb my hair -- 'She looks too pretty, take down the blush or the mascara, take it off.'

    Emma Watson: 'Harry Potter' Stunted My Style (PHOTOS)

  • Who wants to sit in front of a mirror trying to tease, crimp, back-comb or otherwise mutilate hair, which has been doused with mouse, gel or stiffly sprayed with gelatin water to look presentable when you can't even see it yourself?

    Seeing my Mexico surroundings

  • "We don't just chew gum and back-comb here," she wants you to know.

    Reading All About It

  • He wears his hair braided behind, and done up in a knot with a back-comb, like a woman's.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 78, April, 1864

  • Granny was fifteen years younger than her husband and was undeniably rotund of hips and face, the former rotundity increased by her full skirts, the latter accentuated by her style of wearing her hair combed back into a tight knot near the top of her head and held in place by a huge black back-comb.

    Patchwork A Story of 'The Plain People'

  • A row of hair-pins protruded sharply from between his tightly closed lips; a tortoise-shell back-comb, dangling from one side of his full beard where he placed it for safety, made this amateur hairdresser a disturbing sight both for gods and men.

    Stage Confidences

  • If you delay not your visit too long, you will see a fine, motherly woman, with white “sausage curls” and a high back-comb, wearing a check dress and felt slippers, and she will tell you that she is over eighty, and that when her mother was a little girl she once sat on Governor Hancock's knee and he showed her the works in his watch.

    Little Journeys To the Homes of the Great

  • Her father had produced a pink crêpe de Chine blouse and a back-comb massed with brilliants -- both of which she refused to wear.

    The Lost Girl

  • (Bep didn't envy her twin these, for the excellent reason that a back-comb was all that was necessary to keep her short blonde hair in order.)

    The Madigans

  • The long kid gloves, almost dazzling in their whiteness, were new, the fan borrowed, and the touch of something blue was furnished by a broad back-comb of blue enamel surmounted by rhinestones.

    The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor


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