- just level with or scarcely above the surface of the water, so that waves break over the top.
- overflowing with water, as the upper deck of a ship in a heavy sea.
- covered with water.
- washing about; tossed about by the waves.
- covered, filled, or crowded: streets awash with shoppers; a garden awash in brilliant colors.
Origin of awash
- a river in E Ethiopia, flowing NE through the Great Rift Valley to near the Djibouti border. 500 miles (805 km) long.
Also Ha·wash [hah-wahsh] /ˈhɑ wɑʃ/
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Examples from the Web for awash
Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
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The financial system is awash with money, yet the Federal Reserve accuses both consumers and institutions of hoarding it.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
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Preening, arrogant, vindictive, and inexorable; awash with cash; corrupt; in bed with corporate America and big finance.Meet The Democrats’ Secret Savior Against Cuomo Corporatism
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Ichikowitz acknowledged in the interview that the African continent is awash in weapons, particularly small arms.African Arms-Maker to Obama: Give War a Chance!
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And note: None of these schools were anything like awash in funds.Equality Matters More Than Integration in Schools
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The bull followed, deeper and deeper, till his sides were awash.Wood Folk at School
William J. Long
Because it's awash an' visible only at the fall o' the spring tides.The Grain Ship
She were all awash, though, sir, at high-water this morning!Bob Strong's Holidays
John Conroy Hutcheson
The boat was some fifty yards from land by now, and was awash in a broken current.Hurricane Island
H. B. Marriott Watson
My idea is they used that in the air, when they were running on the surface or just awash.The Radio Detectives Under the Sea
A. Hyatt Verrill
- at a level even with the surface of the sea
- washed over by the waves
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Word Origin and History for awash
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