Swab down - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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.
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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!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
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.
References in periodicals archive
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?