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wash down

1. To flush or rinse someone or something with a liquid, as to clean or sanitize. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "down." Mom washed down the scrape before putting a bandage on it. The dog is covered in mud, so take the hose and wash him down.
2. To use the force of water or another liquid to move something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "down." Don't wash down those bits of food in the sink—they'll clog up the drain.
3. To drink something in order to aid the act of eating or swallowing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "down." I could use a cold soda to wash down these fries. If she struggles to swallow that pill, give her some more water to wash it down.
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wash something down something

to get rid of something by flooding it down the sewer, drain, sink, etc. Wash all the soap suds down the drain and clean the sink, please. Please wash all that stuff down the drain.
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wash something down

 (with something)
1. to clean something by flooding with water, alcohol, etc. The doctor washed the area down and began to stitch up the wound. She washed down the wound with alcohol to clean it thoroughly. Todd washed the driveway down with water.
2. Fig. to use fluid to aid the swallowing of food or medicine. Molly washed the pills down with a gulp of coffee. She washed down the pills with a glass of water.
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wash down

1. Clean by washing from top to bottom, as in He always washes down the walls before painting. [Second half of 1800s]
2. Drink a liquid after eating food or taking medicine, as in He washed down the pills with a glass of water. [c. 1600]
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wash down

v.
1. To cleanse the surface of something using water or other liquid: We washed down the walls. My neighbor washed the car down.
2. To cause something to be carried or drawn down by the action of water or similar liquid: We tried to wash the grease down, but it stuck to the sides. I washed the tar down with the hose.
3. To follow the ingestion of something, such as food, with the ingestion of a liquid: After the party, we washed the cake down with coffee. I washed down the medicine with some juice.
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And wash them down with a straight glass of Cairngorm Gold, brewed in Aviemore.
They find themselves in the arms of a gigantic, hairy, smelly, scruffy monster, who threatens to eat them and wash them down with peppermint tea.
I bet some people don't know what it is like to sweep their paths, never mind wash them down.
They will be selling mussels and oysters farmed in the Menai Strait, with champagne also on offer to wash them down.
Heavyweight championship or not, if we Americans do eat more goodies, we should wash them down with coffee, a University of North Dakota study tells us.
Late lunch visits often find out weaker chippies, but The Tasty Plaice lived up to its name - and you can even wash them down afterwards with a good pint at the Old Cross pub, opposite.
He said he had quoted pounds 15,000 to restore the hands and said he feared they would rust beyond repair if the assembly proceeded with its plan to simply wash them down.
If sugar crystals form on pan sides, wash them down with a pastry brush dipped in warm water.
The heading in the ECHO should have read Blaze Crew Attack Yobs -that is, turn the fire hoses on them and wash them down the drains they come from.
In a PR stunt Tesco's hapless food testers were forced to tuck into a range of breakfasts, wash them down with beer, and come up with guidelines for what to drink with each.
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Wash them down with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then rinse them with a mild solution of washing up liquid.
You'll be able to wash them down with Fosters beer.