Idioms

    come out in the wash,
    1. to have a good or satisfactory result; turn out eventually: The situation may look hopeless now, but it will all come out in the wash.
    2. to be revealed; become known.
    wash one's hands of. hand(def 90).

Origin of wash

before 900; Middle English washen (v.), Old English wascan (cognate with Dutch wasschen, German waschen, Old Norse vaska) < Germanic *watskan, equivalent to *wat- (root of water) + *-sk- v. suffix + *-an infinitive suffix

SYNONYMS FOR wash

4 bedew.
5 bathe.
24 ablution, cleansing, bathing.

Related forms

pre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wash down (1 of 3)

wash down


verb (tr, adverb)

to wash completely, esp from top to bottom
to take drink with or after (food or another drink)

British Dictionary definitions for wash down (2 of 3)

Wash

/ (wɒʃ) /

noun

the Wash a shallow inlet of the North Sea on the E coast of England, between Lincolnshire and Norfolk

British Dictionary definitions for wash down (3 of 3)

wash

/ (wɒʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for wash

Old English wæscan, waxan; related to Old High German wascan; see water
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Medicine definitions for wash down

wash

[ wŏsh ]

v.

To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.
To make moist or wet.

n.

The act or process of cleansing or washing.
A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.
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Idioms and Phrases with wash down (1 of 2)

wash down


1

Clean by washing from top to bottom, as in He always washes down the walls before painting. [Second half of 1800s]

2

Drink a liquid after eating food or taking medicine, as in He washed down the pills with a glass of water. [c. 1600]

Idioms and Phrases with wash down (2 of 2)

wash


In addition to the idioms beginning with wash

  • wash down
  • washed out
  • washed up
  • wash one's dirty linen in public
  • wash one's hands of
  • wash out
  • wash up

also see:

  • come out in the wash
  • won't wash
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