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retroussage

[re-truh-sahzh; French ruh-troo-sazh] /ˌrɛ trəˈsɑʒ; French rə truˈsaʒ/
noun
1.
the technique or action, in etching or engraving, of drawing up ink from within the incised lines of an inked plate by deftly passing a soft cloth across its surface in order to spread ink to the adjacent areas.
Origin of retroussage
1955-1960
1955-60; < French: a turning up, equivalent to retrouss(er) (see retroussé) + -age -age
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  • But before they can be used to advantage, they must undergo a process of retroussage.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani

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