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wash someone or something away

[for a flood of water] to carry someone or something away. The flood washed the boats away. The high water washed away much of the sand along the shoreline.
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wash something away

to clean something by scrubbing and flushing away the dirt. Fresh water will wash the seawater away. Let's wash away these muddy footprints.
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wash away

to be carried away by water or some other liquid. The bridge washed away in the flood. All the soil washed away and left the rocks exposed.
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wash away

1. To carry away or remove something by the action of moving water: The waves washed away the debris on the beach. Heavy rains washed the topsoil away.
2. To be carried away or removed by the action of water: Our boat washed away in the storm.
3. To eliminate some corruption or guilt: He tried to wash away his regret by getting drunk. She hoped to wash her guilt away by confessing to the crime.
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The revolutionary new mattress features an easily removable zip-off panel that can be laundered or dry cleaned, helping to wash away stains, germs, bacteria, dust mites, odors and perspiration just like when you clean your sheets.
This caused part of the runway to wash away, and the threat still exists from the change in the direction in the river channel.
With the new technique, the researchers can use water-soluble polymers, such as poly(ethylene oxide), which remain intact when organic solvents wash away the wax porogen, Ma says.
Each time I entered church, the font invited me to dip my hand into the water and cross myself, a gesture that was said to wash away the residue of venial sin.
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But that promise will no doubt wash away with storm water.
Workers were then stationed on the scaffolding surrounding the statue to wash away immediately any baking soda that leaked through.
Rain is not uncommon in March, and heavy rain can wash away newly planted seeds in a vegetable garden.
No matter how many times a day we shampoo our hair, we will never be able to wash away the naturally occurring yeast that harbors on a healthy scalp," says Dr.
The boat would get beached, or the river would wash away the boat and the camp kitchen if you weren't careful.