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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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.
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The next part of the process is wetting down the ground surrounding the foundation until it is soft.
"If you start from the back, the front will have dried off too much by the time you get to it and will need wetting down to make it shine.
Wetting down your dog with cool water or allowing him
Rucker said that wetting down plants and keeping them watered is important.
The situation is under control, authorities say, as the fire crews keep wetting down the fire point between the hull layers.
This was usually done in an upright silo by merely wetting down the top layer with water.
The department said demolition work resulted in asbestos-containing materials being removed from the work area without required protection, such as wetting down the material to curtail emissions and without use of a sealed work area to prevent outside areas becoming contaminated.
"Friday afternoon the brine trucks were out in force, on side streets as well as main thoroughfares, wetting down the pavement with poisonously strong brine to keep the snow and ice from sticking.
Right bottom, A doorslammer (a car with doors) doing a burnout (wetting down the tires so that they heat the rubber).
Otherwise remember to turn off the garden hose while wetting down the roof.
This usually involves wetting down the roof and the outside of the building as well as adjacent buildings exposed to the fire.
They do this by wetting down combustible materials near the fire.