sponge up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sponge up absorb as if with a sponge "sponge up the spilled milk on the counter"
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Usage

In literature:

He was not long making up his mind, and tearing the lining out of his damaged sleeve to soak in the water and use for a sponge.
"Our Soldier Boy" by George Manville Fenn
Miss Rutherford woke up to the fact that the time for catching sponges was past.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
Only thrown up sponge after hard and unsuccessful fight.
"Too Old for Dolls" by Anthony Mario Ludovici
His thirsty brain took up knowledge as a sponge takes up water.
"Heart of the Blue Ridge" by Waldron Baily
But I've no intention of throwing up the sponge.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
We should make a merit at the start of throwing up the sponge for republics.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Beat up the white of an egg, and with a sponge rub it over the leather.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
I pressed out, and dried up the pus, which covered these parts, by means of a sponge.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Threw up the sponge and surrendered in batches.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
He absorbed everything, as a dry sponge sucks up water.
"The Harmsworth Magazine, v. 1, 1898-1899, No. 2" by Various
Had the Government thrown up the sponge?...
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
Stokes they make so much of actually throwing up the sponge.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The specialist had shrugged his shoulders, but he, Andreae, had not thrown up the sponge.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
The Solicitor-General had thrown up the sponge.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
Throwing up the sponge, he shoulders the offending weapon and marches upon the foe with head erect and banners flying.
"Rossmoyne" by Unknown
I was just that worked up this morning that I didn't get 'round to set sponge.
"Peggy Raymond's Vacation" by Harriet L. (Harriet Lummis) Smith
But Ahmed was very unwilling thus to throw up the sponge.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Then his friends picked him up, and sponged his face with water, and all the crew of 'Argo' shouted with joy.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
And he promised to come up there above me every day, to ask me if I was ready to throw up the sponge.
"The Boy Scouts in the Rockies" by Herbert Carter
He had better make up his mind to throw up the sponge.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
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In poetry:

She uppercuts me with a sigh, an' jabs me with a glance.
(When a widow is the fighter, has a single bloke a chance?)
Her short-arm blows are amorous, most lovin' is her lunge;
Until it's just a touch an' go I don't throw up the sponge.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

The "Heirs" never die, sponging up all available resources and leaving the "have-nots" to barely hang on as servants or entertainers.
Young minds are like sponges, soaking up everything they are exposed to.
If you have heat-shrink covering on the other side of the wood, use a wet cloth sponge up against it to keep that cool while heating up the other side.
Little 'sponges' soak up he good - and the bad.
Researchers at Rice University and Penn State, found that adding boron to carbon nanotubes created a reusable sponge that may help clean up oil spills in water.
Babies act like little sponges for chemicals, soaking up the good — and the bad.
BP's Corexit Oil Tar Sponged Up by Human Skin.
Many recipes produce latkes that soak up oil like a sponge.
A blood pressure monitor, lift chair or long-handled sponge might not be the first items to pop up on a Christmas wish list.
A company with a research arm in San Diego has come up with a high-tech solution to the medical error of leaving a sponge inside a patient after surgery.
If I take a dry sponge and put it into water, the sponge will drink from the water and all the chambers of the sponge will soak up the water until they are all full and the sponge is satisfied .
Carbon Nanotube Sponge Could Suck Up Oil Spills.
A new carbon sponge can soak up 180 times its own weight in organic matter.
Currently, dye-sensitized solar cells use a liquid electrolyte because it is easier for the sponge-like, porous electrode to soak up the liquid for maximum contact.
Made from kitchen sponges that are cut up and tied together, they last longer than water balloons and are softer and splashier than regular balls.
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