Spit rag

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"Boys carrying wooden boxes filled with tins of shoe polish, brushes, and spit rags"
("Telex from Cuba" by Rachel Kushner)

"spit rags" signifie "chiffons sales"?
  • Jim in Phila

    Senior Member
    American English
    "Spit rags" are pieces of cloth used to polish shoes. Sometimes the "shoe shine boys" would spit on the shoes and then polish with these rags. Supposedly, this method produced a superior shoe shine.
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