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washout

[ wosh-out, wawsh- ]
/ ˈwɒʃˌaʊt, ˈwɔʃ- /
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noun

a washing out of earth, gravel, etc., by water, as from an embankment or a roadway by heavy rain or by a flash flood.
the hole, break, or erosion produced by such a washing out.
Also wash-out .Aeronautics. a warp in an airfoil that gives a decrease in the angle of attack toward the tip.Compare washin.
Informal. an utter failure.
Informal. a person who has failed a course of training or study: air force washouts.

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Origin of washout

First recorded in 1870–75; noun use of verb phrase wash out
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British Dictionary definitions for washout

wash out

verb (adverb)

(tr) to wash (the inside of something) so as to remove (dirt)
Also: wash off to remove or be removed by washinggrass stains don't wash out easily
(tr) to cancel or abandon (a sporting event)

noun washout

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Idioms and Phrases with washout

wash out

1

Remove or be removed by washing; also, cause to fade by laundering. For example, Give it to me; I'll wash out that stain, or The bleach has really washed out that bright print. [Mid-1700s]

2

Wear away or be worn away by the flow of water, as in The river rose and washed out the dam, or The road has completely washed out. [Mid-1700s]

3

Deplete or be depleted of energy, as in Working on her feet all day just washed her out, or I just washed out after that long tennis match. [Mid-1800s]

4

Eliminate or be eliminated as unsatisfactory, as in He washed out of medical school after just one year, or After only two months as chairman I washed out. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

5

Cancel owing to bad weather, as in The picnic was washed out. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see washed out.

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