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splash aboutand splash around
1. to move about in a volume of a liquid, splashing. The children splashed about in the pool. They splashed around for an hour.
2. [for a liquid] to move about, splashing. The water splashed about in the bucket. It splashed around as I carried the bucket.
[for a space capsule] to land in the water. The capsule splashed down very close to the pickup ship.
splash on someone or something
to scatter [a liquid] on someone or something. Try to keep from splashing on anybody. Don't splash on the wall!
[for a volume of liquid] to overflow its container. A lot of the coffee splashed over before I got to the table with the cup. Don't fill it so full and it won't splash over.
splash someone or something up
to scatter a liquid onto someone or something. Don't get that stuff all over. Don't splash the place up! She splashed up the kitchen when she washed the dishes.
splash someone or something with something
to scatter or slosh someone or something with a liquid. The whales at Sea World splashed everyone in the audience with water. I splashed the side of the stove with pancake batter when I dropped the bowl.
splash something about
to scatter or slosh a liquid about. Please don't splash that about. It will stain anything you spill it on. Don't splash that stuff about!
splash something (all) over someone or something
to cause a liquid to overflow or engulf someone or something. Tony splashed water all over Nick. Who splashed milk all over the table?
splash something on(to) someone or something
to make a liquid scatter onto someone or something. Accidentally, the lab assistant splashed acid onto his arm. He splashed something on the counter.
make a splash
to get a lot of public attention His latest novel was making a splash in literary circles and is on the best-seller list.
make a splash
to get a lot of public attention It wasn't a best-seller but it did make quite a splash in American literary circles.
Land in water, as in The spacecraft splashed down within a few hundred yards of the pickup point. The splash in this idiom alludes to the impact of a solid body on water. [c. 1960]
To land in water. Used of a spacecraft or missile: The spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.