- Wash one’s mouth and throat with a liquid that is kept in motion by breathing through it with a gurgling sound: he gargled with alcohol for toothacheMore example sentences
- After lunch I felt so bad I dissolved some aspirin in warm water, gargled noisily and swallowed gratefully.
- Hot showers, a humidifier, and gargling with warm saltwater aid drainage, shrink inflamed membranes and soothe sore-throat pain.
- Traditionally patients are advised to gargle with saline, often with the addition of sodium bicarbonate.
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- 1An act or the sound of gargling: a swig and gargle of mouthwashMore example sentences
- The muted, standard exhaust is now more of a burbling gargle with undertones of thunder.
- The usual song is a cacophony of gargles, chitters and squawks.
- Myrrh resins and tinctures have also been used as a gargle and mouthwash, made by steeping one teaspoon of myrrh in one pint of boiling water for a few minutes, to treat gum infections, coughs and other chest problems.
- 1.1 [usually in singular] A liquid used for gargling: a gargle for sore throatsMore example sentences
- The infusion of the leaves is a gargle for sore throat.
- Take honey on its own or make a gargle by mixing two tablespoons of set honey with four tablespoons of cider vinegar and a pinch of salt.
- Still, it's better than the salt-water gargle many people recommend for sore throats.
- 1.2British • informal An alcoholic drink: they refused him a gargleMore example sentences
- It was, once upon a time, solely the gargle of the rich and famous.
- They are typically blessed with a good sense of humour, an obsession with sport and a weakness for gargle.
- A scrumptious meal was served to everybody, washed down by the gargle.
early 16th century: from French gargouiller 'gurgle, bubble', from gargouille 'throat' (see gargoyle).
More definitions of gargleDefinition of gargle in:
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