swab down

swab something down

to wash or scrub something, such as the deck of a ship. The sailors were told to swab the deck down each day. Swab down the deck!
See also: down, swab

swab down

v.
To clean a surface with a swab: The sailor swabbed down the deck. If the table is dirty, swab it down with lots of soap.
See also: down, swab
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While the threatening pathogen's limited impact and relatively quick departure had most of the city breathing a sigh of relief, O'Brien shuddered to think that it was probably left up to janitors and untrained cleaning staff to swab down the premises where the flu had spread.
Is "celebrity" Dr Christian Jessen sticking a swab down some rugby player's manhood what children should be watching on telly?
to swab down the entire well to near atmospheric pressure thereby allowing fluids to move in through the numerous fractures from the matrix rock.
of Spectrum 2000, to swab down the entire well to near atmospheric pressure thereby allowing fluids to move in through the numerous fractures from the matrix rock.