EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SUDS

Not until she was elbow deep in suds did she recall her dreams about the octopus.

Azuba wiped the suds from her wet hand and arm upon her apron.

He splashed and built up a mountain of suds, then wallowed in them.

Do not put blueing into suds, as it makes specks in the flannel.

Wet white clothes in suds, and lay them on the grass, in the sun.

Lastly, wash the flannels, in suds as hot as the hand can bear.

Then wash them, in the second suds, turning them wrong side out.

Wash them in suds, and rinse them till the water comes off clear.

Dorey, stop jouncin' them hot clo'es up an' down in the suds!

Dorey, go and stir down the clo'es in the boilin' suds, and be quick about it, too!

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, "dregs, leavings, muck," especially in East Anglia, "ooze left by flood" (this may be the original sense), perhaps borrowed from Middle Dutch sudse "marsh, bog," cognate with Old English soden, past participle of seoþan (see seethe). Meaning "soapy water" dates from 1580s; slang meaning "beer" first attested 1904.

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