n.— «Dry cleaning used to be a skill. It worked because it allowed you to suspend 30 per cent of water inside a solvent “jacket” using an emulsifier called a “soap.” This technique, called “slabbing down,” has now been banned on health and safety grounds.» —“The art of dry cleaning” by Michael Howard in Malvern, Worcestershire Telegraph (United Kingdom) Mar. 22, 2008. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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