wash off(redirected from washes off)
1. To become quickly cleaned of dirt or residue by rinsing or scrubbing them or it with soap and water. I've been out digging in the garden all morning, so I'd like to wash off before we go anywhere.
2. To have the ability to become quickly or easily cleaned of dirt or residue by rinsing or scrubbing them or it with soap and water. These play mats are made of plastic, so they wash off pretty easily.
3. To have the ability to be quickly or easily removed by rinsing or scrubbing with soap and water. It's just a bit of mud, Mom—it'll wash off!
4. To quickly or lightly clean someone or something of dirt or residue by rinsing or scrubbing them or it with soap and water. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "off." We'll need to wash off the side of the house and let it dry before we start painting. The dog is covered in mud, so take him out back and wash him off before you let him back into the house. We've been at the beach all day, so I just want to wash the kids off before we go out for dinner later.
5. To clean dirt or reside off of someone or something by spraying or flushing them or it with a liquid, especially water. A noun or pronoun can be used between "wash" and "off." Be sure to wash the mud off your boots before you bring them into the house. I'm going to take a quick shower to wash the dirt and sweat off me.
wash someone or something off
to clean someone or something by washing. She washed the muddy children off with a hose and put their clothes right into the washing machine. Jane washed off the children.
wash something off (of) someone or somethingand wash something off
to clean something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) I have to wash this tomato sauce off my jacket before it stains it. I will wash off the tomato stains.
wash off (someone or something)and wash off of (someone or something)
to be carried off of or away from someone or something by the action of water or another liquid. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The dirt washed off of the floor easily. The label washed off this can, and now I don't know what's in it.
1. To remove something by washing: I washed the dirt off. The cook washed off the grease.
2. To be removed by washing: The stain won't wash off. The dirt washed off easily.
3. To cleanse something by using water or other liquid to remove what is on it: Wash off the equipment before you put it away. I washed the dishes off and set them in the rack.
4. To cleanse oneself by using water or other liquid to remove what is on one's body: I need to wash off before dinner.