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- v. Present participle of sponge.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- a. & n. from sponge, v.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act denoted by the verb ‘sponge.’
- n. In curing yellow tobacco, a staining of the face side of the leaf of a dull Spanish brown, due to insufficient heat in the process of fixing the color.
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Why, what sane man would call sponging a profession?
Too little heat in fixing color operates to stain the face side of the leaf of a dull Spanish-brown color, and is called sponging, and may be known to the novice by its effects being visible only on the
The other is "sponging" - in which the dolphins break off a conical bit of sponge and fit it over their heads like a cap, shielding them as they forage for food on the sea floor.
That made me laugh - any Tory MP would be mortified to be described as sponging off the state, but quite a few of them were ......
Yesterday on his radio show, Beck and Gray not only defended the fire department's refusal to save the Cranick's house, but they also accused Cranick of "sponging" off his neighbors -- all the while mocking and ridiculing Cranick's rural accent.
Our religion is, unfortunately, an obsession, for any drunken scoundrel can become a "holy man" by simply making such declaration, and ever afterwards "sponging" upon his neighbours.
Too little heat, in fixing the color, operates to stain the face side of the leaf a dull brown color, and is called "sponging," and may be known to the novice by its appearance only on the face side of the leaf.
A Sketch of the Tobacco Interests In North Carolina. Being an Account of the Culture, Handling and Manufacture of the Staple; Together with Some Information Respecting the Principal Farmers, Manufacturing Establishments and Warehouses; with Statistics Exhibiting the Growth of Tobacco in the Western Counties, and Also in the Other Tobacco Producing Regions of the State, as Shown By Comparison of the Crop of 1880 with Those of Preceding Years
Sometimes it was accomplished by skinning the animal alive, a par of the body at a time, and then roughly "sponging" the denuded surface.
Mr Drum said too often smaller towns lost out through the 'sponging' effect of population shift towards larger regional centres, where education and employment opportunities were better.
"sponging," i. e., by placing a piece of damp muslin cloth on the material and then applying the iron only long enough to steam the surface of the garment.