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Synonyms for dusting

the act of defeating or the condition of being defeated

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She was not upstairs dusting her jewelry and disarranging her dresses.
Strong, whom we found in the Doctor's new study, dusting his books, - a freedom which he never permitted anybody else to take with those sacred favourites.
As he had shown no diffidence on the subject, I ventured on the liberty of asking him the question, when he stood before me, dusting his hands.
said Polynesia, dusting some cracker-crumbs off her left wing.
When I left him there to go back to my room the steward was finishing dusting.
When the kitchen was to her mind, Dinah went into the new room, where Adam had been writing the night before, to see what sweeping and dusting were needed there.
Kill, then," said the youngest of Hathi's three sons, picking up a tuft of grass, dusting it against his fore-legs, and throwing it away, while his little red eyes glanced furtively from side to side.
The gabled brick, tile, and freestone houses had almost dried off for the season their integument of lichen, the streams in the meadows were low, and in the sloping High Street, from the West Gateway to the mediaeval cross, and from the mediaeval cross to the bridge, that leisurely dusting and sweeping was in progress which usually ushers in an old-fashioned market-day.
She had the face of an impertinent but jolly little pig, mottled red under a dusting of powder.
But, chancing to enter the library rather miserably, I was surprised to see him on a ladder dusting books.