Definitions

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  • v. To help to swallow by drinking a liquid, after eating something, or taking a pill.
  • v. To wash something completely from top to bottom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically
  • v. flow freely

Etymologies

From wash +‎ down. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Well, yer see," said Sam, proceeding gravely to wash down Haley's pony, "I 'se' quired what yer may call a habit o 'bobservation, Andy.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • I wash down the rest of the muffin, except for a few crumbs in the wrapper, with several pulls from the CamelBak’s hydration tube fastened to my shoulder strap.

    127 Hours

  • To wash down this anchoretic fare M. Desmoulin and myself ordered Sauterne and Apollinaris; but the contents of the water bottle sufficed for M. Zola and the other gentleman.

    With Zola in England

  • They saw more men scramble onto the walls and they feared that the flood of men would wash down to swamp the courtyard and bring bayonets to the gunpits, and so the gunners fled.

    Sharpe's Devil

  • There were bottles lying round everywhere, and Maigret noticed that they had all contained red wine — the coarse red wine that navvies drink straight from the bottle, to wash down their lunch-time sausage as they sit by the roadside.

    Maigret in Montmartre

  • B. B. King looks like he’s going through hell on that guitar, but go into any swanky spot like South Beach’s Prime 112 or Rue 57 in Manhattan and look at the smiles on those rich folk’s faces as they wash down filet mignon with cabernet while King plays in the background.

    Magic City

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