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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPONGE UP

First sponge up and down the back quickly with hot soap and water.

If Slimy Red got wise to anything he'd slip him a twig of locoe, or put a sponge up his nose.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English sponge, spunge, from Latin spongia "a sponge," also "sea animal from which a sponge comes," from Greek spongia, related to spongos "sponge," borrowed from an unknown source. The Latin word is the source of Old Saxon spunsia, Middle Dutch spongie, Old French esponge, Spanish esponja, Italian spugna. To throw in the sponge "quit, submit" (1860) is from prizefighting, in reference to the sponges used to cleanse the faces of combatants between rounds (cf. later throw in the towel). Sponge-cake is attested from 1808.

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