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wash over

verb (transitive, prep)
1.
(of an emotion) to affect (a person) suddenly and profoundly
2.
(of an event) to have little effect on (a person)
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  • When dry, wash over with the white of an egg, finely beaten.

  • Had we still owned a fire the first wash over would have snuffed it out.

  • Any moment the ice may break up, and the sea may wash over us, or we may sit here till we die of cold and hunger.

    Archibald Hughson W.H.G. Kingston
  • And she thought desperately, 'The only thing to be done with marriage is to let it wash over one.'

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • For a second, the citizens broke; then a wave of fury seemed to wash over them at the needless risk to the safety of all.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • Thereupon Neptune was angered and he caused the sea to wash over the territory of the Athenians.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • We rowed in till the boat touched ground and the breakers began to wash over us.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • wash over with egg, make a few cuts in the center so the steam may escape while baking, and put in a moderate oven.

  • That mixture Mr. Talbot calls gallo-nitrate of silver, and with it wash over the surface of the iodised paper.

    Great Facts Frederick C. Bakewell
  • We hauled the lifeboat up so that the sea would not wash over it, but left our belongings in it, and then hurried below.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock

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