plural hose or hoses
: a flexible tube for conveying fluids (as from a faucet or hydrant)
: to spray, water, or wash with a hose —often used with down
hose down a stable floor
slang : to fire automatic weapons at —usually used with down
Noun There are several hoses stored in the shed. We need another 50 feet of hose. Verb when the guy failed to return with our money, we realized that we had been hosed
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NounKeep in Mind The hose might be hard to clean in small sinks. —Barbara Bellesi Zito, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 May 2023 Firefighters are responding to homes using snowcats and often drudging in by foot with shovels and hoses and digging hydrants out of the snow to extinguish flames, Munsey said. —Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023 Viewing this as a hostage situation, the local farmers place a hose in the building and use it to spray the cow anesthetic Halathane, which kills 15 children. —Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 27 Feb. 2023 Flames were still jumping out of the roofline at 12:30 p.m. as fire engines poured water onto the structure from hoses and cranes. —oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 A couple caveats to keep in mind: while this Frigidaire comes with a hose for continuous draining, there's no onboard pump to send water to an elevated location, like a utility sink or nearby window. —Dan Diclerico, goodhousekeeping.com, 18 May 2023 The vapor gets blasted into the next compartment like water spraying from a hose. —Charles D. Brown Ii, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 Spray whiteflies and aphids off with a sharp stream of water using a Bug Blaster hose end nozzle. —Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2023 Architects used shotcrete, a method of applying concrete through a hose at high velocity, to mimic the walls of a canyon in its atrium. —Carolyn Hagler, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 May 2023
VerbKeep in Mind: Unlike most of the rugs on our list, this rug is not able to be hosed off and requires spot cleaning. —Belle Duchene, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 May 2023 The removable cover was easy to zip off and machine wash in our tests, while the web-like material on the inside can be fully rinsed (think: hosed off in your shower). —Jessica Hartshorn, goodhousekeeping.com, 9 May 2023 According to economists, both factors were fueled by the government's response to the COVID-19 crisis: hosing consumers and businesses down with cash, while also keeping interest rates at zero for many months after the initial crisis in 2020 had passed. —Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 21 Mar. 2023 Some may need to be machine washed while others can simply be hosed down, shaken clean, or swept. —L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Apr. 2023 For larger stains, the brand recommends hosing the rug down. —Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping, 31 Mar. 2023 Bans on wasteful water use, such as irrigating 48 hours after a rainstorm, hosing down sidewalks except in cases of public health and watering ornamental turf, will also continue. —Claire Hao, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Mar. 2023 As an extra precaution, the fire department hosed down all playground equipment, and the campus has been cleared for students to return next week. —Rebecca Griesbach | Rgriesbach@al.com, al, 26 Jan. 2023 Higgins said Lehrkamp had voluntarily sat in the chair and agreed to be hosed off after an egg fight. —Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 18 Apr. 2023 See More
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