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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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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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Using mouth rinses or toothpastes that incorporate such mimics, people may one day be able to routinely wash away plaque makers before they can damage teeth, Taylor says.
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The extracts contained in these gels soften as they wash away old, flaky skin that can cause clogged pores," says Robinson.
The boat would get beached, or the river would wash away the boat and the camp kitchen if you weren't careful.
Workers were then stationed on the scaffolding surrounding the statue to wash away immediately any baking soda that leaked through.