Washed-up meaning

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Washed up is something that appears on the shore of a sea or other body of water, brought there by the waves.

An example of washed up is when the pieces of a broken ship that was lost at sea start to appear on the sandy beach.

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The definition of washed up is someone or something whose time has come and gone; someone who was popular or who had a good career but who now doesn't and has little to offer.

An example of a washed up singer is someone whose last album was ten years ago and who now just sits around and mopes.

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No longer successful or needed; finished.

A washed-up comedian.

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(informal) Tired; exhausted.
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(slang) Finished; done for; having failed.
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No longer capable, effective or needed; over the hill.
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(idiomatic) Finished; having no future in a particular role.

Pavarotti's washed up as a singer, in my view.

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Simple past tense and past participle of wash up.
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Cleaned up.
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