or wash-up

[ wosh-uhp, wawsh- ]
/ ˈwɒʃˌʌp, ˈwɔʃ- /
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an act of washing: Allow five minutes for washup.
a place, as a bathroom, for washing.
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Origin of washup

First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase wash up
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How to use washup in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for washup

wash up

verb (adverb)
mainly British to wash (dishes, cutlery, etc) after a meal
(intr) US to wash one's face and hands
noun washup
Australian the end, outcome of a processin the washup, three candidates were elected
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Other Idioms and Phrases with washup

wash up


Wash one's hands and face, as in It's time to wash up for dinner. [First half of 1900s] Also see clean up, def. 2.


Clean the utensils after a meal, as in I'll cook dinner if you promise to wash up. [Mid-1700s] Also see do the dishes.


Bring about the end or ruin of; finish. This usage is often used put in the passive, be washed up, as in She's all washed up as a singer. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

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