swab down

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 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 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
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Maybe wisdom comes with age, but after cleaning a zillion firearms with scores of products, I've been trying to distance myself from skin contact with the witches' brews I swab down those dirty bores.
Encourage your company to have a professional cleaning service swab down the break room in addition to the restroom.
They'll take that little swab down all the seams on my cushion and backrest where a person can possibly unsew it and sew it back together.
While the threatening pathogen's limited impact and relatively quick departure had most of the city breathing a sigh of relief, O'Brien shuddered to think that it was probably left up to janitors and untrained cleaning staff to swab down the premises where the flu had spread.
Is "celebrity" Dr Christian Jessen sticking a swab down some rugby player's manhood what children should be watching on telly?
to swab down the entire well to near atmospheric pressure thereby allowing fluids to move in through the numerous fractures from the matrix rock.