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[mass noun] Absorbent paper used for soaking up excess ink when writing.
- ‘Paint straight from the tube is usually overloaded with the oil medium - you find manuals which recommend squeezing it first onto blotting paper.’
- ‘They looked into their files with an expression of indescribable sadness while their fingers fiddled agonisingly with a paper clip or a piece of blotting paper.’
- ‘On white pedestals in the center of the exhibition were a selection of ceramics, all organic curves with that dripping glaze - colours blurring like ink spilled on damp blotting paper.’
- ‘No more tatty trouser hems dragging through mud and sucking up puddle water like blotting paper.’
- ‘It looks and feels like heavy-duty blotting paper.’
- ‘So far he has presented himself to the public as nothing more than a blank sheet, blotting paper that can absorb discontented and alienated voters who might turn against the government.’
- ‘Dinner over, we produced a bundle of pens, a copious supply of ink, and a goodly show of writing and blotting paper.’
- ‘That someone sits in front of a screen absorbing images like blotting paper and turns into a serial killer is ridiculous.’
- ‘Central agencies use blotting paper and distilled water to remove the salt accretions and clear the micropores on the rock tablets, which is why visitors see a creamish mush plastered on the walls.’
- ‘First you'll need a sheet of thick blotting paper.’
- ‘Pops spent most of the morning on his knees, a bottle of seltzer and blotting paper in his hands, mopping up the puddles.’
- ‘Any hard surface is like blotting paper: plant too close, and the roots will be deprived of the moisture they need.’
- ‘The weather didn't improve much and in fact I was beginning to feel like a piece of blotting paper and decided to pack up - my mind reeling from the weight of fish I'd caught during the day.’
- ‘And I can picture his shirt sleeves rolled up to reveal a weathered forearm with a tattoo of a mermaid melted into his skin like a doodle on blotting paper.’
- ‘The bed sheets were white and they were pressed over the bed like blotting paper.’
- ‘People say I'm a musical blotting paper and I like that.’
- ‘So if those of them that are up and moving around are walking randomly, it stands to reason that they've spread out from the centre of the city like ink spreads across blotting paper.’
- ‘You must find your own ink, pens, and blotting paper, but we provide this table and chair.’
- ‘If I dip it in water, you will see that the coated part has become like blotting paper.’
- ‘Barbara has memories of mischievous boys flicking bits of ink-soaked blotting paper at each other and shoving books down their trousers when they were to be caned.’
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