wash down


washed down; washing down; washes down

transitive verb

: to move or carry downward by action of a liquid
especially : to facilitate the passage of (food) down the gullet with accompanying swallows of liquid
pizza washed down with beer
: to wash the whole length or extent of
washed down and scrubbed the front porch

Examples of wash down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meet and feed the herd, take some photos — with the reindeer and with Santa — then fill up with Norwegian potato lefse washed down with seasonal drinks. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 3 Nov. 2023 Two dams outside in the mountains above the city collapsed, sending floodwaters washing down the Wadi Derna river and through the city center, sweeping away entire city blocks. Samy Magdy and Yousef Murad, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2023 The beer no doubt helps to wash down D.C.'s best food truck fare intermixed with the countless beer tents. Emily Cappiello, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2023 On the eve of the wedding, the bride and groom brought the out-of-towners to Stockholm’s Pelikan restaurant, for a classic Swedish meal of herring and meatballs washed down with shots of schnapps. Kerry McDermott, Vogue, 7 Oct. 2023 Enjoy the twinkling lights and nostalgic scent of waffles, gingerbread, and bratwurst — best washed down with a cup of hot mulled wine. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 11 Sep. 2023 Thank goodness, some things never change at Martin’s Restaurant, a Montgomery treasure where generations of diners have gathered for belt-loosening lunches washed down with tumblers of sweet tea. Bob Carlton | Bcarlton@al.com, al, 13 July 2023 Thousands of fish were killed by the contamination washing down steams and rivers after the wreck, but state officials say the contaminants have since been contained. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 18 Feb. 2023 The cafe also offers espresso and tea drinks like lusciously green iced pandan lattes to wash down your treat. Zoe Baillargeon, Bon Appétit, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wash down was in 1600

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“Wash down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wash%20down. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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