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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Meanwhile, Peter Wiegard does find a way to fully express himself at the story's end, simply by sponging down the kitchen counter.
But the final part of my daily ritual was thrown into panic mode when I went to give myself a last sponging down. I felt a lump in my breast.
Each horse is different and whereas one dose may keep flies at bay for several weeks, another may need sponging down twice a week.
Blitzer The blitzer will live in squalor for extended periods before suddenly, in a fit of pique, splashing out on cleaning products and sponging down the whole house in a day of domestic drama.
But embarrassed bosses later realised the grubby patches were just dirt and all the masts needed was a good sponging down.
It's also got a body you don't mind sponging down with the sudsy stuff.
Sponging down sports stars on the pitch when they are injured - don't tell us they are professionals.
BLITZER: The blitzer will live in squalor for extended periods before suddenly,in a fit of pique, splashing out on cleaning products and sponging down the whole house in a day of domestic drama.
Tyson then received a sponging down by infamous cheerleader `Crocodile,' who had greeted his arrival with his well-worn mantra: "Francis, we're coming, baby.