Sponge down - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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sponge someone or something down
to remove the [excess] moisture from someone or something; to wipe someone or something with a sponge. The fight manager sponged his boxer down. I will sponge down the countertop.
To moisten or wipe the surface of someone or something with or as if with a sponge: The artist sponged down the canvas with primer before starting the painting. I had a high fever, so the nurse sponged my forehead down.
References in periodicals archive
To care for your leather, simply sponge down
your garments with a damp cloth after every wear to extend their life.
A YOUNG lad told his dad he had jammed a bath sponge down
Then the assistant tried stuffing pieces of sponge down
it - and pinning it down the sides.
In rugby league you are lucky to get a cold wet sponge down
the front of your shorts and then you're sent back out there among the pack.
Take a tepid shower and sponge down
babies and older people with tepid water.
He chucked the sponge down
and rushed off, looking back at me like I was mad.
I led mine to drink, gave him a cool sponge down
and tethered him to a gum tree while we had tea.
Ravishing Mel B plunged a huge dollop of creamy sponge down