wet down

wet down

To apply water or another liquid to something, especially hair, in order to make it remain lying flat. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wet" and "down." My mom made me wet my hair down for the school photographs. He wetted the decals down with a sticky substance to stop them from peeling up from the side of the car.
See also: down, wet

wet someone or something down

to put water onto someone or something. Mother wet the children down with a hose while she was washing the car. Karen wet down the children with the hose. We wet the new concrete down to help it cure in all the heat.
See also: down, wet

wet down

v.
1. To wet the surface of something entirely: The painter wet down the canvas. We wet the car down before applying the soap.
2. To cause something to bend down or lie flat by making it wet: I wet down my hair so that it wouldn't stick up. The heavy dew wet the grass down flat.
See also: down, wet
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He's no stranger to writing, but this is his first time writing for Mikron and he's loved getting his feet wet down at the seaside.
We were a family we went to like the richest in the Nick - a bonny baby contest winner in Skegness - has written for Mikron for the first time and he's loved getting his feet wet down at the seaside.
If you can't find a good water source for your retriever to take a dip in, the next best thing is to wet down their head.
He's in the Stewards' Cup, but it would need it to be wet down there [at Goodwood] for him to run."
Old-fashioned firefighters would wet down a new pumper-pulling horse before pushing it into its stable at the station, and they would bring priests to bless the animal and the people who would drive it, Freeman said.
The company was also ordered to frequently wet down the machinery and the concrete piles to reduce airborne dust and restrict operations to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.
"It is important to make sure you get the dog wet down to the skin, which is hard to do in some dogs.
If you're a man, those lower ribbons are at risk for getting wet down. If you are a woman, they are also at risk and could face immersion.
Wet down masonry thoroughly during demolition; prevent spread of dust; provide water and necessary connections therefore.
When cutting stone or masonry, have a helper wet down the blade of the circ saw.
helicopter, which was later released by on-scene commanders, was called in to dump water and wet down fuels around the fire to keep it from spreading as crews and the bulldozer dug the containment line, Kauffman said.
This is a much easier way to wet down your dog to cool him off than a hose.
WIP nozzles are strategically placed for complete wet down and wash out of harmful dusts prior to disassembly for final cleaning in safety.
[] Clean or Cover: Wet down any combustible floors, walls or roofs, or cover them with metal shields or fire resistant tarps