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Swab   /swɑb/   Listen
Swab

noun
1.
Implement consisting of a small piece of cotton that is used to apply medication or cleanse a wound or obtain a specimen of a secretion.
2.
Cleaning implement consisting of absorbent material fastened to a handle; for cleaning floors.  Synonyms: mop, swob.



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"Swab" Quotes from Famous Books



... germs following injury or digestive troubles. Symptoms: Cheesy growths in mouth and throat. Treatment: Scrape off canker and swab with full strength Pratts Poultry Disinfectant. Improve general condition with ...
— Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry • Pratt Food Co.

... What would the mate of a French frigate say if he wanted to say in French, "Avast there, ye lubbering swab" to ...
— Second Plays • A. A. Milne

... curdled as I beheld the scene, but I said nothing. I considered myself too fortunate to escape with life. When it was all over, the boatswain roared out, "That job's done! Now, Mr Barber, swab up all this here blood, and be damned to you! and recollect that you are one of us." I obeyed in fear and silence, and then returned to my ...
— The Pacha of Many Tales • Frederick Marryat

... "Stop her, you swab," cried Mr. Hume; then, as the man took no notice, he ran to the wheel, thrust aside the steersman, and ...
— In Search of the Okapi - A Story of Adventure in Central Africa • Ernest Glanville

... give him one. Men! We'll have to give up that sleep I talked about. This limping dummy of a fakir thinks he's got us frightened, and we've got to teach him different. There's some reason why we're not being attacked as yet. There's something fishy going on, and this swab's at the bottom of it! We want him, too, on a charge of murder, or instigating murder, and the guardroom's the best place for him. To the guardroom with him. He'll do for a hostage anyhow. And where he is, I've ...
— Told in the East • Talbot Mundy

... he, his voice kind of breakin' up. "That's what I want to forget, how—how late it is!" and hanged if he don't have to fish out a handkerchief and swab off his eyes. "You see," he ...
— Odd Numbers - Being Further Chronicles of Shorty McCabe • Sewell Ford

... this sickening," cried Bob. "That's just my luck. Look here, Taters. I should just like to peel you and give you three dozen, you nasty black-looking, ungrateful swab. Hi! jump up! Here comes old Staples. Now then, both of you, ...
— The Black Bar • George Manville Fenn

... says I, "you've got a right to lie some if you want to. It's your turn, anyway. But let me swab you off ...
— Shorty McCabe • Sewell Ford

... of the sale of "teeth brushes" till nearly Revolutionary times. Perhaps the colonists used, as in old England, little brushes made of "dentissick root" or mallow, chewed into a fibrous swab. ...
— Customs and Fashions in Old New England • Alice Morse Earle

... and on. Terry, still wrapped in his blanket, sat before him looking up with an absurdly rapt air as of a student at his master's feet. Merchant stopped to swab the thick perspiration from his face, laughed at Terry's humbugging pose, and desisted. Terry slipped on his shoes, buckled on the leather leggings he had used as a pillow and picking up his saddlebags went out to ...
— Terry - A Tale of the Hill People • Charles Goff Thomson

... arm after he had given his portmanteau into charge of a porter, "I was so glad to find that you had joined the Triton, and as the captain knows and esteems you, he is sure to give you a lift whenever he can. We shall see some more service together, and I hope that you, at all events, will mount a swab on your shoulder before the ship is ...
— Won from the Waves • W.H.G. Kingston

... the enterprise, cased in tight blue pantaloons that fitted him like his skin, over which were drawn long well-polished Hessian boots, each with a formidable tassel at top, and his coat was buttoned close up to the chin, with a blaz-, ing swab on the right shoulder, while a laced cocked hat and dress sword completed his equipment. But, alas! when we were accounted for on board of the old Torch, there was a fearful dilapidation of his external man. ...
— Tom Cringle's Log • Michael Scott

... have been willing to act as you suggest. We must not forget that we were once upon a time youngsters ourselves, and we may possibly recall to mind some of the tricks we played in those days, ay, and after we had mounted a swab, or maybe two, on our shoulders. You remember the sentry-box which stood at the inner end of the landing-place on the Common Hard, with a comfortable seat inside it, rather tempting, it must be confessed, to a drowsily-disposed sentry to take a quiet ...
— The Three Lieutenants • W.H.G. Kingston

... reply. "You be d——d," said our man of war, and we turned off on our heel. The same evening a court of inquiry was held by the mids, who were unanimous in declaring that the captain of the line of battle ship ought to be superseded and made swab-wringer, and that their own captain had acted with that spirit which became a British commander of a man-of-war, and that he deserved to have his health drunk in a bumper of grog, which was accordingly done. Here the court broke up, hoping the mate of the hold would bring with him, after serving ...
— A Sailor of King George • Frederick Hoffman



Words linked to "Swab" :   cleaning implement, wipe up, dust mop, implement, dab, mop up, dustmop, mop handle, swob, swabbing, cleaning equipment, mop, sponge mop, put on, dry mop, cleaning device, apply



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