wash out
verb Date: 1540 transitive verb 1. to wash free of an extraneous substance (as dirt) 2. a. to cause to fade by or as if by laundering b. to deplete the strength or vitality of c. to eliminate as useless or unsatisfactory ; reject 3. a. to destroy or make useless by the force or action of water <
the storm washed out the bridge
b. rain out <
the game was washed out
intransitive verb 1. to become depleted of color or vitality ; fade 2. to fail to meet requirements or measure up to a standard

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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