Dishpan Hands Definition

Dry, rough, reddened hands, as from washing many dishes.
Webster's New World

(idiomatic) Hands which are rough, reddish, and dry, as from irritation and chafing caused by immersion in hot water mixed with detergent.


Origin of Dishpan Hands

  • Possibly coined circa mid-1920s for the advertising of Lever Brothers "Lux" brand dishwashing soap.

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