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[wosh-rag, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌræg, ˈwɔʃ-/
Origin of washrag
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90; wash + rag1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for washrag
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  • I washed my face and lay on the cot with a washrag soaked in cold water on my throbbing eye.

    Cue for Quiet Thomas L. Sherred
  • Unfortunately he hated water and was said by the naughty-minded to turn seasick at the touch of a washrag.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • And so it went, the adament ink going from washrag to face and from face back to washrag.

  • The washrag, by an unhappy coincidence, was a brand-new one, and my face was some years old.

  • "Cricket is afraid she'll get her washrag done, if she works on it," laughed Eunice.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
  • "If Zaidee was in need of that washrag, she'd be a blackamoor before she gets it," said Eunice.

    Cricket at the Seashore Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
British Dictionary definitions for washrag


(US) another word for flannel (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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