sponge out

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sponge out

1. To clean or dry the inside of (something) with or as if with a sponge. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sponge" and "out." I sponged out the inside of the pots to remove the last of the paint. Just sponge the bowl out and leave it to dry on the rack.
2. To remove some substance (out of something) with or as if with a sponge. A noun or pronoun can be used between "sponge" and "out." You'll want to sponge the water out of the intake valves, or they could cause some corrosion. You'll have to sponge out the excess moisture gently to avoid damaging the delicate machinery inside.
3. To spend time in a very idle or lazy fashion. After such a tough week in work, all I want to do this weekend is sponge out in front of the TV. I don't want you sponging out on the sofa all day. Go outside and get some exercise!
See also: out, sponge
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