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 Dry Sea (A).Dry Style (of writing). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Dry Shave (A).
A shave without soaping the face; to scrape the face with a piece of iron hoop; to scratch the face; to box it and bruise it. Sometimes it means to beat and bruise generally; ill usage.
“The fellow will get a dry shave.”
Peter Pindar: Great Cry and Little Wool, Ep. 1.
“I’ll shave her, like a punished soldier, dry.”

Peter Pindar: The Lousiad, canto ii.

 Dry Sea (A).Dry Style (of writing). 


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