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scrub down

To wash someone or something very thoroughly and vigorously. A noun or pronoun can be used between "scrub" and "down." Make sure you scrub the kids down before they go to bed—they've been out playing in the mud all day. We'll need to scrub down the car before my parents get home, or they'll know we took it without asking.
See also: down, scrub
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

scrub someone or something down

to clean someone or something thoroughly by rubbing. The mother scrubbed the baby down gently and put lotion on her. Please scrub down this floor.
See also: down, scrub
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Whether AI becomes as ingrained in the health care system as a surgeon scrubbing down before operating will depend on the extent to which the key participants in the health care system -- patients, providers, payers, and regulators -- are willing to embrace these technologies," according to the article.
And the jockeys who care for them daily also put in the hard graft, with 8am starts and hours of tacking, trotting, galloping, cantering and scrubbing down - all before midday.
Attached to a whisky bottle was this notice: "Will be sold to the highest bidder for purchase of scrubbing brush and soap for the purpose of scrubbing down of mouching Valentine Mul-, the ale cadger, and sloppy Liz, the stout moucher."
A windbreaker that resembled one Busby's now-deceased uncle regularly wore was also found at the crime scene, and he was seen scrubbing down his truck just days after the murders.
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The punditocracy and mouthpieces for both the Romney and Obama campaigns spent valuable airtime on the Sunday morning talk circuit scrubbing down Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, while bickering over the state of Medicare.
The scrubbing down of the wooden deck was just the first stage.
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"My father was a butcher in Park Crescent, Barry, for 45 years and I was always in the shop after school and during the weekend scrubbing down," said Terry.
Bookmakers were scrubbing down the price of Nearly An Angel as dramatically as a high-street shopper tumbling on a frozen pavement.
Paxson Barker spent more than a decade as a nurse scrubbing down the cardiac catheterization lab with harsh cleaning products that left her with severe asthma and a debilitating airway disease.
Wash empty greenhouses, cleaning the glass inside and out and scrubbing down the staging.
Zola, at 42, must have felt like scrubbing down his old shooting boots as West Ham's marksmen suggested they couldn't hit an elephant with a bazooka from spitting distance.