wash up
verb Date: 1751 intransitive verb 1. to wash one's face and hands 2. British to wash the dishes after a meal 3. to be deposited by or as if by a swell of waves <
seaweed washed up on the shore
transitive verb 1. to get rid of by washing <
wash up the spilled milk
2. exhaust, finish

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  • wash-up — washˈ up noun 1. A washing up 2. A washing up place 3. Anything cast up by the sea, etc 4. The washing of ore 5. A quantity of gold obtained by washing 6. An outcome or result (Aust sl) • • • Main Entry: ↑wash …   Useful english dictionary

  • wash up — in BrE means ‘to wash crockery and cutlery after use’, whereas in AmE it means ‘to wash one s hands and face’ …   Modern English usage

  • wash up — ► wash up 1) chiefly Brit. clean crockery and cutlery after use. 2) N. Amer. clean one s hands and face. Main Entry: ↑wash …   English terms dictionary

  • wash up — verb 1. wash one s face and hands (Freq. 1) She freshened up in the bathroom • Syn: ↑lave • Derivationally related forms: ↑lavation (for: ↑lave), ↑washup …   Useful english dictionary

  • wash up — phrasal verb Word forms wash up : present tense I/you/we/they wash up he/she/it washes up present participle washing up past tense washed up past participle washed up 1) [intransitive/transitive] British to wash plates, cups, spoons etc after a… …   English dictionary

  • wash up — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you wash up, you wash the plates, cups, cutlery, and pans which have been used for cooking and eating a meal. [BRIT] [V P] I ran some hot water and washed up... [V P n (not pron)] I bet you make breakfast and wash up their… …   English dictionary

  • wash up — verb a) To clean the utensils, dishes etc. used in preparing and eating a meal. Dinner has just finished, so go and wash up. b) To wash ones hands and/or face, often around mealtimes. Dinner is almost ready, so go and wash up. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • wash up — you kids can wash up after dinner Syn: wash the dishes, do the dishes, clean up …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • wash-up — /ˈwɒʃ ʌp/ (say wosh up) noun 1. → washing up (def. 1). 2. Colloquial the end result of a process: in the wash up, the game ended in a draw. 3. Colloquial a shuffle of playing cards …   Australian English dictionary

  • wash up — phr verb Wash up is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑tide, ↑whale …   Collocations dictionary

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