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

Definition for wash out (2 of 2)

washout

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

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 (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for wash out (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 out (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 out

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 (1 of 2)

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.

Idioms and Phrases with wash out (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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