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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DIRTYING

They are quite new; but I have been dirtying them, outside, to make them look natural.

Destruction on you, you nasty hag, is it dirtying Mary's Well you are?

Some are vexed for the dirtying of their linen, or some such trifle, for which the least passion is too big an expense.

It is not worth while dirtying your hands, and perhaps getting an ugly blow, in a scuffle with such a fellow.

When I had finished, I thought of dirtying the twine to make the work look old; but I decided to let well alone.

An officer ought to be able to show his men how to do everything, and he can never do that if he is afraid of dirtying his hands.

Keep your hands from dirtying the cloth, and dont wipe your nose on it, or dip too deep in your cup.

If it is heard that, for fear of dirtying his house, a man has made a place expressly, he will be blamed for it.

I am going to make Bob Bangs pay for dirtying my boat, and he can pay for the lost berries, too.

Youths have been seized as soldiers for kicking up the dust in front of a sentinel and dirtying his clothes.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1500, from dirt + -y (2). Earlier dritty (late 14c.). Meaning "smutty, morally unclean" is from 1590s. Of colors, from 1690s. Dirty linen "personal or familial secrets" is first recorded 1860s. Dirty work in the figurative sense is from 1764; dirty trick is from 1670s. The dirty look someone gives you is from 1928; dirty old man "superannuated lecher" is from 1932. Related: dirtiness.

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