hands, especially of one who does housework, that are red and rough, as from washing dishes and exposure to strong cleaning agents.
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Origin of dishpan hands
First recorded in 1940–45
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Medicine definitions for dishpan hands
[ dĭsh′păn′ ]
A rough, dry, scaly condition of the hands typically caused by sensitivity to or excessive use of household detergents or cleaning agents.
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