Definition of soak in English:
- Rinse thoroughly, then soak the fabric in a dilute bleach solution.
- Rinse or soak them thoroughly in fresh water to remove excess salt before adding them to your compost pile.
- If using dried beans, soak them overnight, then cover with fresh water and cook for between 60 and 90 minutes, until tender.
- As I soaked in the hot water to wake up, my brain was awhirl in a multitude of thoughts.
- Let agitation begin, but stop the washer and let the towels soak in hot water.
- Lying with her feet propped on the rim of the large tub, Yvonne let herself soak in the hot water.
- Gasping slightly he felt the water rapidly soak him through, chilling him to the bone; still he moved further into the waters.
- I held it over his head and wrung it out; the water soaked his sheets, his hair and his shirt.
- Substances where this mold can be found include places where water has soaked wood.
- The cold water easily soaked through my clothes, leaving me shivering, a harsh contrast to the warmth of a moment ago.
- When the water soaks into my shoes, I lose all feeling in my toes, but it is okay because I am not being beaten for being a little wet.
- He flinched, and the orange liquid soaked through his pants.
- ‘Now soak it off with warm water,’ she said, gesturing to the bloody linen.
- It is mostly used after the salt is soaked out.
- ‘I changed the sheets and pillowcases, and I'm soaking the bloodstain out,’ Tara said earnestly.
- Likewise, their prescription-drug plan is limited to seniors, and even then it soaks the taxpayers while allowing the drug makers to keep charging rip-off prices.
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- You might have tried brining a turkey, but other meats benefit from a soak in a salt-sugar liquid too.
- So I shall seek other forms of rest and relaxation after work today, probably involving some music and a good book, with the possible addition of a soak in the bath.
- I lit candles all around the bathroom, and had a nice soak in a bath full of lavender scented bubbles.
- It helps to mar what is otherwise a perfectly respectable account of the old soak's rise to power.
- Some old soak deprived of a few bob won't make it.
- If you don't make any more beer soon you'll run out, and then where will you be, you old soak?
Old English socian 'become saturated with a liquid by immersion'; related to sūcan 'to suck'.
suck from (Old English):
The Old English verb sūcan is from an Indo-European root imitating the sound; Old English soak is related. The phrase suck up to was originally schoolboys' slang of the mid 19th century. Late Middle English suckle was probably formed from the slightly earlier suckling from suck. The word suction made its appearance in the early 17th century from the related Latin sugere ‘suck’. A sucker (Late Middle English) was originally a young mammal before it was weaned, or a baby feeding at its mother's breast. The notion of a naïve and innocent baby led, in the 19th century, to that of a gullible person or an easy victim. See also even
soak oneself in
- Immerse oneself in (a particular experience, activity, or interest): he soaked himself in the music of MozartMore example sentences
- He had soaked himself in all his books from the intervening years.
- This is not a college course, it's a living proposition, here for you to use, to dive into and soak yourself in.
- He grew up soaking himself in the traditional Greek music.
soak something up
- Absorb a liquid: use clean tissues to soak up any droplets of waterMore example sentences
- The towels soaked up the red liquid with blinding efficiency, soaking up almost ten times their weight in liquid.
- The bread soaked up the meaty juices in a satisfyingly rustic way.
- The garden also uses bark chip mulch which soaks up water and slowly releases it into the ground and a combination of soil and gravel to improve drainage.
- 2.1Expose oneself to or experience something beneficial or enjoyable: lie back and soak up the Mediterranean sun he spends his time painting and soaking up the cultureMore example sentences
- For half a century now many rich and varied cultural experiences have been soaked up over the scorching hot Perth summers.
- Lie back and soak it up - the bright tones and soothing vocals are best appreciated horizontally, although there's plenty of wiggle in these wobbly cut-up rhythms as well.
- We both spent time outside, soaking up some rays and just enjoying the spring weather.
- Example sentences
- The dump is actually on a height above it, surely anyone can see that soakage from the dump will go into the river and then go on to be used in the water supply.
- I was told there wasn't enough soakage on the site, even though the one beside it was fine.
- One is the harvesting and conveyance of water from the water source, the river typically in the Murray-Darling system, and how much water is lost through soakage and evaporation and so on, just to get it to the farm gate.
- Example sentences
- The feeders can be proper freshwater patterns filled with mashed mackerel, worm and bread, the bread acting as binder and scent soaker.
- Monday could be a real soaker for the Chicago area.
- So as you can see...we had quite a soaker on Sunday.
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