washup

or wash-up

[ wosh-uhp, wawsh- ]
/ ˈwɒʃˌʌp, ˈwɔʃ- /

noun

an act of washing: Allow five minutes for washup.
a place, as a bathroom, for washing.

Origin of washup

First recorded in 1865–70; noun use of verb phrase wash up

Definition for wash up (2 of 2)

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 forms

pre·wash, noun, verb (used with object)re·wash, verbun·der·wash, verbwell-washed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wash up (1 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for wash up (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 up (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 up

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 up (1 of 2)

wash up


1

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.

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.

3

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]

Idioms and Phrases with wash up (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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