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1‘a glass of water’
rare Adam's ale
2‘he had a house down by the water’
lake, loch, pond, pool, reservoir
1‘he told me to water the plants’
sprinkle, moisten, dampen, wet, spray, splash
soak, douse, souse, drench, saturate, flood, waterlog
dry out, parch
2‘Ralph's eyes were watering’
moisten, exude water, become wet, leak
3‘he was accused of watering the claret’
‘whenever we spoke out, we got into hot water’
be severely reprimanded, be upbraided, be scolded, get a scolding, be admonished, be castigated, be rebuked, be chastised, be censured, be criticized severely, be taken to task, get into trouble, be hauled over the coals
catch it, get what for, be told off, get hell, get into shtook, get a dressing-down, get an earful, get a roasting, get a rocket, get a rollicking, get a rap over the knuckles, get a slap on the wrist
‘there are times when this theory just does not hold water’
be tenable, ring true, bear examination, bear scrutiny, survive investigation, make sense, work out, stand up, hold up, be convincing, be plausible, be verifiable, be provable, be sound
1‘staff at the club had watered down the drinks’
dilute, add water to, water, make thin, make thinner, weaken, make weak, make weaker
adulterate, doctor, taint, mix
2‘in the end the proposals were considerably watered down’
moderate, temper, qualify, mitigate, mute, mellow, tone down, soften
subdue, curb, tame, calm, bridle
understate, underemphasize, play down, soft-pedal, downplay
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