wash down rabbit enchiladas in mole with exquisite margaritas in the hippest setting in Houston.
So that was smoothed over, and we gave our beaters ale to wash down their anger.
I pray you do not drink to wash down food: a bad habit of most of us.
And now, my pretty Mabel, have you never a cup of ale to wash down the pie?
Afterguard, muster your buckets and brushes and wash down the decks.
I must have something to wash down all these gnawing thoughts.
The rain might wash down some of the rocks forming the roof.
Sam literally devoured the food, and then went once more to the brook to wash down the dry repast.
At last it was broad day, and an order was given to wash down the decks.
She was a charwoman, and her work was to scrub out rooms and wash down staircases.
Old English wascan, wæscan, from Proto-Germanic *watskanan (cf. Old Norse vaska, Middle Dutch wasscen, Dutch wassen, German waschen), from stem *wat-, the source of water. Related: Washed; washing. Used mainly of clothes in Old English (the principal verb for washing the body, dishes, etc. being þwean). Washed-out "faded" is from 1837. Washed up is 1923 theater slang, from notion of washing up at the end of a job.
late Old English wæsc "act of washing" (see wash (v.)). Meaning "clothes set aside to be washed" is attested from 1789; meaning "thin coat of paint" is recorded from 1690s; sense of "land alternately covered and exposed by the sea" is recorded from mid-15c.
v. washed, wash·ing, wash·es
To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.
To make moist or wet.
The act or process of cleansing or washing.
A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.
To prove acceptable; bear testing •Usually in the negative: Well, it just won't wash/ The stereotype of gay males as child molesters just doesn't wash any more/ That washes. I'll buy it (1849+)
[verb sense said to be fr a defective printed calico that could not be washed; third noun sense perhaps fr the notion that equal opposing elements wash each other out or away, or wipe the slate clean]