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do the dishes

To wash plates, glasses, bowls, silverware etc. with soap and water. Since you cooked dinner, I'll clear the table and do the dishes.
See also: dish
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

do the dishes

to wash the dishes; to wash and dry the dishes, knives, forks, glasses, etc., after a meal. Bill, you cannot go out and play until you've done the dishes. Why am I always the one who has to do the dishes?
See also: dish
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

do the dishes

Wash the plates, glasses, and silverware used at a meal. For example, If you walk the dog, I'll do the dishes.
See also: dish
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He shaved after dinner, and washed hisself all over after the girls had done the dishes. Antonia heated the water for him.
Now eat your breakfast, Rebecca, and after we've done the dishes you can run over to Emma's and give her her chain-- What's the matter, child?"
And if I'd done the dishes, it wouldn't have happened.
"He was very helpful to me in the house, done the dishes, done his own ironing.
"Normally by 3 or 4 o'clock, they're asleep, out for the count but not before they've done the dishes!"
Gest, aged 48, whose union to Minnelli is now subject to a lengthy divorce battle, confessed that he had not done the dishes in 25 years.
Gest, 48, whose union to Minnelli is yet to officially end due to a lengthy divorce battle, confessed that he had not done the dishes in 25 years.