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We're sponging on your Uncle William, and I hate to think we're sponging on him.

You'd be afraid lest she should think you were sponging on her.

For I am just determined not to be sponging on you and Bruce if I can help it.

I found Susan sponging his shirt-front, and Susan and I are as good as engaged.

Mixed with water it is cooling and invigorating for sponging the body.

Daily sponging of the patient with tepid water (85 to 90 F.) should be practiced.

I'm to be a poor, crawling beggar, sponging for rum, when I might be rolling in a coach!

Sponging all over with warm vinegar is also a most invigorating thing.

I am scared to death in that class, though of course that is no excuse for sponging.

In winter, expose but a small portion of the body at a time, in sponging.

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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