Heavy rains washed the topsoil away.
Wash sins away.
Tears washed the child's cheeks.
Waves that washed the sandy shores.
An example of wash is to use a damp cloth to wipe up a soiled table.
An example of a wash is a scrubbing of the car.
An example of wash are dirty clothes in the hamper.
Washed the tea around in the cup.
Waves washed over the pilings.
The wash is on the back porch.
To wash out dirt, a bridge washed away by the flood.
Soap that will wash silks.
Stains that will wash out.
The bridge had washed out.
An alibi that won't wash.
A wash dress.
- To be revealed eventually:The real reasons for her resignation will come out in the wash.
- To turn out well in the end:Don't worry; this project will come out in the wash.
- To refuse to accept responsibility for:He washed his hands of the matter.
- To abandon; renounce:They have washed their hands of him.
- to be revealed or explained sooner or later
- to be resolved eventually, esp. without intervention and after a period of time
- to clean by washing, esp. with a stream of water
- to follow (food, a drink of whiskey, etc.) with a drink, as of water
- to drop out of or be dropped from a training course, athletic program, etc. because of failure
- to reject or fail
- to wash oneself or one's hands, face, etc.
- to wash dishes, cups, cutlery, etc., as after a meal
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wash
- Middle English washen from Old English wacsan, wæscan wed-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition