[ wosh-doun, wawsh- ]
/ ˈwɒʃˌdaʊn, ˈwɔʃ- /
the act or process of washing down, as in cleaning something completely.
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Origin of washdown
First recorded in 1945–50; noun use of verb phrase wash down
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British Dictionary definitions for washdown
verb (tr, adverb)
to wash completely, esp from top to bottom
to take drink with or after (food or another drink)
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Idioms and Phrases with washdown
Clean by washing from top to bottom, as in He always washes down the walls before painting. [Second half of 1800s]
Drink a liquid after eating food or taking medicine, as in He washed down the pills with a glass of water. [c. 1600]
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