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sponge down

1. To wash, wipe, or moisten with or as with a sponge. I didn't have time to shower, so I just sponged down before heading home.
2. To wash, wipe, or moisten someone or something with or as with a sponge. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sponge" and "down." There's a great photo of my parents sponging me down in the kitchen sink when I was a baby. Dad's making us sponge down the car because we drove it through the mud. The nurse sat by and sponged down the child's forehead to help keep the fever at bay.
See also: down, sponge

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.
See also: down, sponge

sponge down

v.
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.
See also: down, sponge
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So we sponge them down and dry them with hair dryers, or flip them over when it's really bad," they said.
"IF your child is afraid of bathtime, start by putting just an inch or two of water in the bath and use that to sponge them down," says Emma.
He was frightened of that and always made sure he was on hand to move a lever and move the child away quickly in the shower unit and sponge them down.
If you are in a club and your mate has taken Ecstasy, take them to a cool place, give them plenty of water and sponge them down with cold water.
If their temperature remains high, put the child in a shallow, tepid bath and sponge them down - they won't like it but it is effective.
If both the above fail, place the child in a shallow, tepid bath and sponge them down - they won't like it, but it is very effective.