[ bath-waw-ter, -wot-er, bahth- ]


  1. He ran the bathwater while he shaved.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of bathwater1

First recorded in 1910–15; bath 1 + water
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. throw out the baby with the bathwater, to eliminate or reject the good along with the bad.
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Example Sentences

Now, in back-to-back rulings, it has rearmed New Yorkers and thrown stare decisis out with the bathwater.

One tenant described having to heat her bathwater on the stove because she couldn’t get anything but cold water from the tap.

Another renter described having to heat her bathwater on the stove after she woke several times to find only cold water flowing from her tap.

Simply jumping off the boat provided no relief—the surface was like bathwater.

“We didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, regardless of how dirty it might be,” says Caldwell Pinckney, a Berkeley County councilman.

From Time

The first, suggested by the states and business interests challenging the law, takes the baby-with-the-bathwater approach.

Will there be some babies thrown out with the bathwater, if you will?

It's also amazing that this dressed-up baby is getting thrown out with its bergamot-scented bathwater.

You're never going to be sick in this bit of bathwater, Miss Twinkler?


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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