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[ wosh-out, wawsh- ]


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

    air force washouts.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of washout1

First recorded in 1870–75; noun use of verb phrase wash out

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Example Sentences

The weekend won’t be a washout, but we’ll run a chance for showers and storms both days.

His second was a washout because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Wednesday's Late Show With David Letterman, Tom Brokaw dismissed Snowden as "a high school dropout who is a military washout."

When the washout bowl was introduced it was considered perfection.

He hurried down the track west of a curve which was a few hundred feet beyond the washout, and saw the train coming at full speed.

One day as they lay in a washout, Wolf-Voice pointed to columns of dust far to the south.

Right here there was a small washout in 84 the road, and Bob overlooked it.

It was a mile or more to the washout in the road, but the excitement made him keen for the test.


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