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swab out

1. To use something absorbent to clean the inside of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swab" and "out." Did you hear me? I said go clean your room! Do you need to swab your ears out? The doctor carefully swabbed out the wound and then rinsed it with a saline solution.
2. To use something absorbent to clean dirt or other contaminants out of something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swab" and "out." It always makes me gag to see him swabbing wax out of his ears like that. Make sure you carefully swab out all the dirt before you apply the bandage.
See also: out, swab

swab down

To clean or wash some surface with an absorbent cleaning implement. A noun or pronoun can be used between "swab" and "down." He has been relegated to swabbing down the deck for the foreseeable future as punishment for his actions. I swabbed her brow down with a cool, wet sponge.
See also: down, swab

swab (something) out of (something)

To wipe dirt or other contaminants out of something with a something absorbent or cleansing. It always makes me gag to see him swabbing wax out of his ears like that. Make sure you carefully swab all the dirt out of the wound before you apply the bandage.
See also: of, out, swab

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 something out

to wash or wipe something out in order to make it clean. The doctor swabbed my ear out carefully. The doctor swabbed out my ear carefully.
See also: out, swab

swab something out of something

 and swab something Out
to wipe or mop something out of something. The doctor swabbed the wax out of my ear. I swabbed out the last of the mud on the floor.
See also: of, out, 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

swab out

v.
To clean the inside of something with a swab: I used this cloth to swab out the rifles. The doctor swabbed my ear out.
See also: out, swab
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The cotton swab touches only the accused's outer skin.
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According to the company, the nasal swabs are most effective at shortening the duration of a cold when used at the first sign.
An audience member raised the possibility that the penile swab specimen could have been inadvertently contaminated with biological material brought up from the prior urethral swab.
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Table 2: Swab results with final outcome in first trimester
Of the swab samples taken from children by the force in 2010 and 2011: 35 were from ten-year-olds, 137 from 11-year-olds 284 from 12-year-olds 627 from 13-year-olds 957 from 14-year-olds 1,212 from 15-year-olds 1,273 from 16-year-olds 1,260 from 17-year-olds.
Of the swab samples taken from children by the force in 2010 and 2011, 35 were taken from ten-yearolds, 137 from 11-year-olds, 284 from 12-year-olds, 627 from 13-yearolds, 957 from 14-year-olds, 1,212 from 15-year-olds, 1,273 from 16-year-olds and 1,260 from 17-yearolds.
In a report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, scientist Yehuda Zeiri and colleagues explained that most tests for traces of explosives begin by rubbing a swab made from glass fiber, Teflon or cotton over the suspect material.
Crewman must swab the bore after each round fired to clear chamber of hot embers.