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wash out

 
1. Inf. to fail and be removed from something, such as school. I studied all I could, but I still washed out. I don't want to wash out. It's my whole future.
2. Inf. to have a serious wreck; to wipe out. The little car washed out on the curve. The vehicles have a tendency to wash out when cornering.
3. Inf. to lose a large amount of money. Fred washed out on that stock deal. Lefty and Willie washed out at the racetrack.
4. Inf. to break down or collapse from exhaustion. The whole play began to wash out during the second act. It was a lost cause by the third. Finally, after a long day, I just washed out. They had to call the paramedics.
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wash someone out

Fig. to deplete the strength or vitality of someone. The flu really washed me out. The disease washed out the whole class.
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wash something out

 
1. to wash out the inside of something; to wash something made of fabric. I have to wash my socks out tonight. Wash the pitcher out before you put it away. I will wash out my socks tomorrow.
2. Fig. to rain on or flood an event so that it must be canceled. (Fig. on {2}.) Rain washed the game out. The storm washed out the picnic.
3. to wash or erode something out or away. The flood washed the new bushes out. The rains washed out the paving stones.
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wash out (of something)

to leave a program or activity because you failed to meet its standards I didn't make it through flight school - I washed out. After washing out of the military academy, he joined his father's business.
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wash out (something)

also wash something out
to cause an activity or event not to happen because of rain Even the golf tournament was washed out this week. Storms washed the picnic out.
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wash out

1. Remove or be removed by washing; also, cause to fade by laundering. For example, Give it to me; I'll wash out that stain, or The bleach has really washed out that bright print. [Mid-1700s]
2. Wear away or be worn away by the flow of water, as in The river rose and washed out the dam, or The road has completely washed out. [Mid-1700s]
3. Deplete or be depleted of energy, as in Working on her feet all day just washed her out, or I just washed out after that long tennis match. [Mid-1800s]
4. Eliminate or be eliminated as unsatisfactory, as in He washed out of medical school after just one year, or After only two months as chairman I washed out. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
5. Cancel owing to bad weather, as in The picnic was washed out. [Colloquial; early 1900s] Also see washed out.
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wash out

v.
1. To cleanse something by using water or other liquid to remove what is inside it: Wash out the cup before you use it. I washed out my hair. The trash can smelled, so I washed it out.
2. To remove something by washing: She washed out the stain. He applied the conditioner, waited 30 seconds, and then washed it out.
3. To be removed by washing: The grease washed out without a problem.
4. To cause something to fade by laundering: Bleach might wash out the color. Repeated launderings washed my jeans out.
5. To cause something to fade or appear faded: The moonlight washed out the stars. That suit really washed him out.
6. To carry or wear something away by the action of moving water: The river rose and washed out the dam. A large wave washed our picnic basket out to sea.
7. To be carried or worn away by the action of moving water: The bridge has washed out, so we'll need to take another route.
8. To deplete someone of vitality: The long rehearsal washed out the cast. The long day in the sun washed us out. By evening, I was washed out from overwork.
9. To eliminate as unsatisfactory: The captain washed out everyone responsible for the mistake. Several employees weren't any good, and the manager washed them out.
10. To be eliminated as unsatisfactory: The officer candidate washed out after one month.
11. To force the cancellation or postponement of some event because of rain: The storm washed out the parade. Team practice was washed out yesterday.
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wash out

1. in. to fail and be removed from something, such as school. (see also washout.) I don’t want to wash out. It’s my whole future.
2. in. to have a serious wreck; to wipe out. The vehicles have a tendency to wash out when cornering.
3. in. to lose a large amount of money. Fred washed out on that stock deal.
4. in. to slow down or collapse from exhaustion. (see also washed out.) The whole play began to wash out during the second act. It was a lost cause by the third.
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