swabbing

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n swabbing cleaning with a mop "he gave it a good mopping"
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Usage

In literature:

But let me swab you off a little.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Pointin' my finger at 'em I ses, surrender yer swabs, or I'll blow yer brains out!
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
Let one of them swabs just open his main hatch and start to unload another passel of that cargo.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Haul up this fellow Bothwell and set him swabbing decks.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
There was little more that I could do than swab out the throats and administer food every two hours.
"Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled" by Hudson Stuck
You swab this deck, and in five minutes, or I'll teach you, and be damned.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
Oh, yes, I heard what he said; and I believe he not only called me a `swab,' but an `ugly' one as well!
"The Island Treasure" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Let every man carry a swab, and a spoon stuck in his belt.
"In the King's Name" by George Manville Fenn
F., unless the animal is lying down, when swabs are to be used and wet every half hour with the cold water.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Cobbington and the two waiters had been at work swabbing the quarter-deck, but with no good result.
"Up the River" by Oliver Optic
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In poetry:

MAN AT WHEEL.
Belay y'r jaw, y' swab! y' hoss-marine!
(To the Captain.)
Ay, ay, Sir! Stiddy, Sir! Sou'wes' b' sou'!
"A Sea Dialogue" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Boatswain, lifting one knowing lid,
Hitches his breeches and shifts his quid
"Hey? What is it? Who 's come to grief
Louder, young swab, I 'm a little deaf."
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Sergeant-major, filled with rage,
Attacked the Sergeant at this stage,
‘You careless swab! jump to it smart.
Oh strewth! You break my blinkin ’eart!’
"Orange peel" by J Milton Hayes
And then (according to a nurse),
They heard him petulantly say:
"Adipose tissue is curse:
It's hard to pack them tripes away."
At last he did; sewed up the skin,
But left, some say, a swab within.
"The Widow" by Robert W Service
Oh, everybody's mighty vexed for poor old Bob . . . But, still,
I often thinks 'tis time that one or two was vexed for Bill.
For Bill's a wicked, lazy swab, a walkin' cask o' beer—
Leastwise Bob always called him so afore his mind went queer.
"Frien' Bill" by John Joy Bell
Such was the tale that was told to me
By that modest and truthful son of the sea,
And I envy the life of a second mate,
Though captains curse him and sailors hate,
For he ain't like some of the swabs I've seen,
As would go and lie to a poor marine.
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche

In news:

"I'm more like his nurse, where I hand him the stuff, the saline and the swabs," Stilwell said recently on her weekly podcast.
Jean Keating of the Lucas County Pit Crew swabs the mouth of Lucas while his owner, Laurie Hughes of Rossford, holds him.
Makeup Remover -Filled Cotton Swabs.
Saving a life may be just a swab away for Alpena residents as Alpena Community College student nurse s host a bone marrow donor registry drive on Oct 4.
Tucker was charged in July, a few months after the FBI acquired a discarded Q-tips swab from a boxing match in Toledo, Ohio.
The bloody swab was used to match Tucker's DNA on evidence from the robbery.
(AP) — A boxer whose bloody nose swab led to criminal charges has been convicted of robbing a Michigan credit union.
A boxer whose bloody nose swab led to criminal charges has been convicted of robbing a Michigan credit union .
(AP) — A boxer whose bloody nose swab led to criminal charges has been convicted of robbing a Michigan credit union .
A boxer whose bloody nose swab led to criminal charges has been convicted of robbing a Michigan credit union.
With only a blood sample from the mother and a cheek swab from the potential father, paternity can be determined as early as five weeks after conception.
The scientists grew the bacteria from hundreds of swab samples and found that most people's belly button ecosystems are unique.
Then go around the house with cotton swabs and choose areas to collect germs .
Take a swab of the area.
A team of hygienists swabbed hundreds of surfaces around six US cities to see what everyday objects are breeding grounds for bacteria.
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