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
Related formspre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective

Synonyms for wash

1. clean, lave, rinse, launder, mop, swab. 4. bedew. 5. bathe. 24. ablution, cleansing, bathing. 37. swamp, morass.

washout

[wosh-out, wawsh-]

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.

Origin of washout

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

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

geology
  1. erosion of the earth's surface by the action of running water
  2. a narrow channel produced by this erosion
informal
  1. a total failure or disaster
  2. an incompetent person
a sporting or social event that is cancelled due to rain
aeronautics a decrease in the angle of attack of an aircraft wing towards the wing tip

Wash

noun

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

wash

verb

to apply water or other liquid, usually with soap, to (oneself, clothes, etc) in order to cleanse
(tr; often foll by away, from, off, etc) to remove by the application of water or other liquid and usually soapshe washed the dirt from her clothes
(intr) to be capable of being washed without damage or loss of colour
(of an animal such as a cat) to cleanse (itself or another animal) by licking
(tr) to cleanse from pollution or defilement
(tr) to make wet or moist
(often foll by away, etc) to move or be moved by waterthe flood washed away the bridge
(esp of waves) to flow or sweep against or over (a surface or object), often with a lapping sound
to form by erosion or be erodedthe stream washed a ravine in the hill
(tr) to apply a thin coating of paint, metal, etc, to
(tr) to separate (ore, precious stones, etc) from (gravel, earth, or sand) by immersion in water
(intr; usually used with a negative) informal, mainly British to admit of testing or proofyour excuses won't wash with me this time
wash one's hands
  1. euphemisticto go to the lavatory
  2. (usually foll by of)to refuse to have anything more to do (with)

noun

the act or process of washing; ablution
a quantity of articles washed together
a preparation or thin liquid used as a coating or in washinga thin wash of paint; a hair wash
med
  1. any medicinal or soothing lotion for application to a part of the body
  2. (in combination)an eyewash
the flow of water, esp waves, against a surface, or the sound made by such a flow
  1. the technique of making wash drawings
  2. See wash drawing
the erosion of soil by the action of flowing water
a mass of alluvial material transported and deposited by flowing water
land that is habitually washed by tidal or river waters
the disturbance in the air or water produced at the rear of an aircraft, boat, or other moving object
gravel, earth, etc, from which valuable minerals may be washed
waste liquid matter or liquid refuse, esp as fed to pigs; swill
an alcoholic liquid resembling strong beer, resulting from the fermentation of wort in the production of whisky
come out in the wash informal to become known or apparent in the course of time

Word Origin for wash

Old English wæscan, waxan; related to Old High German wascan; see water
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Word Origin and History for wash out

wash

n.

late Old English wæsc "act of washing" (see wash (v.)). Meaning "clothes set aside to be washed" is attested from 1789; meaning "thin coat of paint" is recorded from 1690s; sense of "land alternately covered and exposed by the sea" is recorded from mid-15c.

washout

n.

"disappointing failure," 1902, from verbal phrase wash out "obliterate, cancel," attested from 1570s, hence colloquial sense of "to call off (an event) due to bad weather, etc."

wash

v.

Old English wascan, wæscan, from Proto-Germanic *watskanan (cf. Old Norse vaska, Middle Dutch wasscen, Dutch wassen, German waschen), from stem *wat-, the source of water. Related: Washed; washing. Used mainly of clothes in Old English (the principal verb for washing the body, dishes, etc. being þwean). Washed-out "faded" is from 1837. Washed up is 1923 theater slang, from notion of washing up at the end of a job.

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wash out in Medicine

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 out

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.

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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