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Gabriel Aparta

Senior Member
Español - Venezuela
Hello there, please, from Of Mice and Men:

The swamper watched him until he was settled. "I wasn't listenin'. I was jus' standin' in the shade a minute scratchin' my dog. I jus' now finished swampin' out the wash house."

What does that mean?

Thanks a lot!
  • Barque

    He probably meant he had just finished cleaning out the wash house. It's probably derived from this meaning of swamp (WR dictionary): to flood or drench, esp. with water.
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