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wash off

1. To become quickly cleaned of dirt or residue by rinsing or scrubbing them or it with soap and water. I've been out digging in the garden all morning, so I'd like to wash off before we go anywhere.
2. To have the ability to become quickly or easily cleaned of dirt or residue by rinsing or scrubbing them or it with soap and water. These play mats are made of plastic, so they wash off pretty easily.
3. To have the ability to be quickly or easily removed by rinsing or scrubbing with soap and water. It's just a bit of mud, Mom—it'll wash off!
4. To quickly or lightly clean someone or something of dirt or residue by rinsing or scrubbing them or it with soap and water. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "off." We'll need to wash off the side of the house and let it dry before we start painting. The dog is covered in mud, so take him out back and wash him off before you let him back into the house. We've been at the beach all day, so I just want to wash the kids off before we go out for dinner later.
5. To clean dirt or reside off of someone or something by spraying or flushing them or it with a liquid, especially water. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "off." Be sure to wash the mud off your boots before you bring them into the house. I'm going to take a quick shower to wash the dirt and sweat off me.
See also: off, wash

wash someone or something off

to clean someone or something by washing. She washed the muddy children off with a hose and put their clothes right into the washing machine. Jane washed off the children.
See also: off, wash

wash something off (of) someone or something

 and wash something off
to clean something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I have to wash this tomato sauce off my jacket before it stains it. I will wash off the tomato stains.
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wash off (someone or something)

 and wash off of (someone or something)
to be carried off of or away from someone or something by the action of water or another liquid. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The dirt washed off of the floor easily. The label washed off this can, and now I don't know what's in it.
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wash off

v.
1. To remove something by washing: I washed the dirt off. The cook washed off the grease.
2. To be removed by washing: The stain won't wash off. The dirt washed off easily.
3. To cleanse something by using water or other liquid to remove what is on it: Wash off the equipment before you put it away. I washed the dishes off and set them in the rack.
4. To cleanse oneself by using water or other liquid to remove what is on one's body: I need to wash off before dinner.
See also: off, wash
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However it will wash off with soap and water when you want it to.
The IEC was widely criticised in the 2004 elections when many claimed they had been able to easily wash off the ink.
The lotion will not wash off from swimming or sweating, and is non-polluting, said the ARS.
The colorful decorations are fade resistant, yet easy to remove--simply wash off non-porous surfaces with soap and water.
But mistakes happen, so if you have a build-up of fake tan on dryer areas or have the dreaded orange palms, rub some whitening toothpaste on the area for a couple of minutes and wash off.
The Remedy[R] water purification system continuously kills bacteria that wash off residents' bodies, and has been proven to help decrease the chances of residents contracting nosocomial infections.
But lotions, shampoos, fragrances, mouthwashes, sunscreens, and other products likely playa critical role in environmental contamination, Daughton says, because they are used in such large quantities and they readily wash off.
There's no dirt to wash off or fibrous stems to hack away.
They now understand that a person's skin color will not wash off or change but will remain the same as she grows up.
The Face-Off pattern can be dulled with soap and water, but it won't wash off.
In the real world, where you have someone in the tub, bacteria continue to wash off the resident's body during the bath.
If you do use 'Winter Rose' as a cut flower, dip the stems in water after cutting to wash off any residue of milky sap.
In the bath, soap and water wash off this oil, which means your skin is no longer waterproof.
It can wash off the graffiti faster than the vandal can paint it," said Black.
Next they poured a solution containing ATP through the used filter, this time hoping to wash off ATP-bound RNA that preferred to link to water-borne ATP.