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throw in the sponge
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a tiny sea animal that has a body with many holes. Thousands of kinds of sponges live in the ocean. Most kinds of sponges live in groups or colonies on coral reefs, rocks, shells, or other objects.
definition 2: the light skeleton of some kinds of sponge colonies. People harvest sponges after the animals die and then dry the skeletons. People use sponges for cleaning and bathing.
definition 3: an artificial material with many small holes that can soak up water easily.
phrase: throw in the sponge
part of speech: verb
inflections: sponges, sponging, sponged
definition 1: to wipe, clean, or make wet with a sponge.
My parents sponge the floor every Sunday.
definition 2: to soak up or wipe with a sponge (usually followed by "up").
My dad sponged up the water that had spilled on the floor.
derivation: spongelike (adj.)
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