wash its face

wash its face

Of a business, to break even financially. It's a small company, and while it isn't making huge profits, it's making enough money to wash its face for now.
See also: face, wash

wash its face

(of a business enterprise) earn enough income to cover its costs; break even. informal
2005 Waterford News and Star He said the Council's waste management collection was failing to make enough money to ‘wash its face’.
See also: face, wash