drench

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DRENCH

When I drench my insides with tea I sort of want it to take a hold.

Mix and boil down to one quart; when cool give it as a drench.

Dole sunlight into his room by degrees; and when he can bear it, drench him with it.

Where Molly and Sandy rode they were exposed to the first drench of a cloud-burst.

Or are you, reader, one who delights to drench his mirth in tears?

But beware, incautious traveller—ten to one you will drench yourself.

It struck the wall and broke, near enough to him to drench him.

But the drench of water and her hair blinded her so that she could not see.

She will drench us, but I don't much think she will swamp us.

He had not minded the sprinkling on his sides, but this gave him a drench in the face.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to submerge, drown," from Old English drencan "give drink to, ply with drink, make drunk; soak, saturate; submerge, drown," causative of drincan "to drink" (see drink), from Proto-Germanic *drankijan (cf. Old Norse drekkja, Swedish dränka, Dutch drenken, German tränken, Gothic dragkjan "to give to drink"). Sense of "to wet thoroughly by throwing liquid over" is from c.1550. Related: Drenched; drenching.

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