swab down

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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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I suggest we could make the house better by swabbing down her bedroom.
"We will be swabbing down again at the weekend and will decide on Monday about whether to re-open."
"We will be swabbing down again at the weekend and will make a decision on Monday about whether to re- open or not."
But there seems to be something wrong with my phone as when I point out the only vacant position available is swabbing down Shep's bare chest mid-concert, suddenly there's a click and the dial tone kicks in again...
We next saw him three years later, disconsolately swabbing down the floor of the dressing room at Hillsborough where he was a YTS trainee.