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astringent as in:  treat with an astringent

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  • I use an astringent where my skin is oily.
    astringent = a lotion applied to the skin that causes it to contract
  • ...cold, salty water is Mother Nature's best astringent.   (source)
    astringent = substance that causes contraction of body tissues
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astringent as in:  astringent taste

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  • Liquid splatters my skin, and the astringent smell of alcohol makes my nostrils flare.   (source)
    astringent = sharp or bitter
  • In the upper region they live chiefly on the acid and astringent berries of the guayavita...   (source)
    astringent = sour or bitter-tasting
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astringent as in:  astringent remarks

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  • Martin remembered how often, how astringently, Gottlieb had sneered at "dese merry vedding or jail bells."†   (source)
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  • The smells of antiseptic and astringent seemed to energize him, and the feelings generated by human trauma and fear seemed to motivate him.†   (source)
  • He doesn't touch me, but our bodies are close, I can smell his scent, clean in this dirty room, sharp and astringent.†   (source)
  • Clary tried not to wince as the astringent liquid stung her wounds.†   (source)
  • Mayonnaise, for example, is supposed to be evaluated along six dimensions of appearance (color, color intensity, chroma, shine, lumpiness, and bubbles), ten dimensions of texture (adhesiveness to lips, firmness, denseness, and so on), and fourteen dimensions of flavor, split among three subgroups—aromatics (eggy, mustardy, and so forth); basic tastes (salty, sour, and sweet); and chemical-feeling factors (burn, pungent, astringent).†   (source)
  • The taste buds on our tongues can detect the presence of half a dozen or so basic tastes, including: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, astringent, and umami (a taste discovered by Japanese researchers, a rich and full sense of deliciousness triggered by amino acids in foods such as shellfish, mushrooms, potatoes, and seaweed).†   (source)
  • The smell was both astringent and saccharine, these two contrary characteristics coming together in what she'd come to think of as fetor terribilis.†   (source)
  • Fate drives me south and south again, Catelyn thought as she sipped the astringent tea, when it is north I should be going, north to home.†   (source)
  • After this, Mama and Aunt gathered together alum, astringent, scissors, special nail clippers, needles, and thread.†   (source)
  • Like, there is absolutely no reason he needs to know that the reason my carry-on bag is so heavy is because it's filled with approximately seventy-five billion Clinique cosmetic samples; a container of astringent pads (because I shine so much, thanks to Mom's side of the family); a family-size container of Tums (because I've heard English food isn't necessarily the best); a family-size container of chewable fiber tablets (because ditto); the aforementioned curling iron and hair dryer; the clothes I wore on the plane before I changed into my mandarin dress†   (source)
  • Sometimes sickly sweet, sometimes astringent, the scents of herbal brews and cordials wafted powerfully from the precincts of the little home.†   (source)
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  • The astringent taste and smell of chlorine was in the water, but any sense of cleanliness that it provided was more than countered by a stale, briny stink wafting out of the open drain.†   (source)
  • The kitchen was sweet with tarts, and some of the berries had boiled over in the oven and burned, making the sharp, bitter-sweet smell pleasant and astringent.†   (source)
  • I got up and made my way to the men's room, weaving slightly, aglow at the edges of my skin with a penumbra of Rheingold, the jolly, astringent beer served at the Maple Court on draft.†   (source)
  • The room had the tart, astringent smell of green walnuts when their husks are still soft and blacken at a touch.†   (source)
  • Gasping for breath, sucking in the astringent fumes and greasy soot, choking, gagging, spitting out saliva thickened and soured by the flavor of the fire, desperately holding on to Nina, he reached a ridgeline.†   (source)
  • The only differences were that the furniture and the reconfigurable walls at the Times were newer and more stylish than those at the Post, the environment there was no doubt purged of the asbestos and formaldehyde that lent the air here its special astringent quality, and even on a Saturday afternoon the Times would be busier per square foot of floor space than the Post was now.†   (source)
  • mystical of all documents (a Los Angeles freeway map), uniformed soldiers, giggling children and shrieking children and two placid octogenarians in wheelchairs, a pair of tall Arab princes in akals and kaffiyehs and flowing djellabas, preceded by fierce bodyguards and trailed by retinues, beacon-red tourists drifting homeward on the astringent fumes of medicated sunburn lotion, pale tourists arriving with the dampish smell of cloudy country clinging to them—and, like a white boat strangely serene in a typhoon, the man in the Panama hat, sailing imperiously through the polygenic sea.†   (source)
  • His seductive voice, which seemed to lick each of his hideous threats to savor the texture and astringency of it, was filled with the quiet confidence and smug superiority of a megalomaniac who carries the badge of a secret authority, receives a comfortable salary with numerous fringe benefits, and knows that in his old age he will be able to rely upon the cushion of a generous civil-service pension.†   (source)
  • Wine has a drastic, an astringent taste.†   (source)
  • The vapor woke up old smells, and there was something astringent in the shaving cream he used that cut into my breath.†   (source)
  • Miss Sonntag greeted him with an astringent "How d'you do, Mr. Babbitt.†   (source)
  • Naphta, who had taken his tea here, had ordered wine and cake, apparently a reminiscence of his student days; Joachim frequently moistened his sore throat with real lemonade, which he drank very strong and sour, for its astringent, soothing effect; and Settembrini was enjoying simple sugared water, but drank it through a straw in a very charming, appetizing way, as if sipping the most costly of beverages.†   (source)
  • Jamie obediently swilled his mouth with the astringent solution, eyes watering at the sting of the aromatic vinegar.†   (source)
  • I felt sick with betrayal of him, but in the extremity I had forced my mind to clear as Geilie had shown me, concentrating on the flame of the candle, breathing the astringency of the herbs, calming myself until I could bring him from the shadows, see the lines of his face, feel once more the touch of his hand without weeping.†   (source)
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