to cover with a thin layer of paint applied with a dry brush in order to soften or blur a figure or outline
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1 algae, crust, dross, film, froth, impurities, offscourings, scruff
2 (figurative) canaille, dregs of society, dross, lowest of the low, rabble, ragtag and bobtail, riffraff, rubbish, trash (chiefly U.S. & Canad.)
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