• WordNet 3.6
    • v hand-wash wash or launder by hand instead of with a machine "This delicate sweater must be handwashed"
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  • Lord Byron
    “As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.”


One hand washes the other - This idiom means that we need other people to get on as cooperation benefits us all.
Wash your hands of something - If you wash your hands of something, you disassociate yourself and accept no responsibility for what will happen.


In literature:

I shall only wash my hands!
"What Timmy Did" by Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes
Should you wish to make your hands white and delicate, you might wash them in milk and water for a day or two.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
I want to wash my hands in your room.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
After that the board was laid, and Flosi and his band washed their hands.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Tuesday, washed hands and face.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
The water has been so cooled during the night that my hands ached when I washed them.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
Of course your mother has told you about washing your hands!
"The Child's Day" by Woods Hutchinson
Having swept out the room, they went to wash their hands before unpacking the well-wrapped boxes.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
To wash the hands under a pump denotes that you will be a widow.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
With a shout the men rose, stretched their legs and washed their hands in the troughs filled with water, provided for the occasion.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon

In poetry:

Thou Rome, whose policie we know,
the Lord of lyfe did kill:
Thou Rome, with Pilate wilt wash handes,
yet blood of Saints to spill.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
When I am spent with the ways of men.
I'll wash my hands in melting snow:
And live with thee among the oaks,
And watch the river swirl below.
"The Silver Birch" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
Wash thou thy hands in innocence, thy soul
In righteousness, in charity, thy whole:
So shall the man entire, from head to heel,
Receive his Saviour, and his influence feel.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
Remember too, how at that aweful scene
Our blessed Saviour wash'd his servants clean,
And wip'd with his own hands each happy guest,
Ere he shou'd taste of that celestial feast.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
"Could I," he cried, "express how bright a grace
Adorns thy morning hands, and well-wash'd face,
Thou wouldst, Colemira, grant what I implore,
And yield me love, or wash thy face no more.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
"Tho' this may tempt thee, murmuring to complain,
With conscience clear, and life void of offence,
'Verily, then, I've cleans'd my heart in vain;
In vain have wash'd my hands in Innocence.'
"Love's Triumph" by Nathaniel Bloomfield

In news:

GameStop employee Lani Girran hands over a Wii U system to Kevin Owande, 51, of Renton, Wash.
Vaccination and frequent, proper hand washing help stop spread of flu.
Muslims believe the Quran is so sacred, one must wash their hands before touching it.
Watch this little chameleon washes hands at the sink.
How about Lady Macbeth 's unforgettable hand-washing.
Besides frequent hand washing, health experts also recommend adherence to a highly nutritious diet, exercise and sufficient amounts of sleep to strengthen the immune system.
Washing your hands with antibacterial soaps helps prevent colds.
"Copper pipes were taken and wash hand basins were removed, but not taken," she added.
How Many Americans Wash Their Hands After Using Public Restrooms.
Eileen Burke for Save the Children Preschool children wash their hands at the Escolinha Comunitaria (community-based pre-school ) in Guemulene Village in Xai Xai District of Mozambique.
People Wash Their Hands More When They're Watched.
The easiest way to stem the spread of infection is also the most obvious: wash your hands.
Do you know the superstition about washing your hands for good luck.
It's probably related to the phrase 'to wash your hands of it.
Using soap and water, carefully wash your hands and the area affected by the splinter.

In science:

On the other hand, features in Gm increases with |m| for Gm |m|+1 are washed out in comparison due pro jection suppression from the cos θ factor.
CMB Anisotropies: Total Angular Momentum Method
On the other hand, density fluctuations on shorter scales could be washed out, see e.g. ref.60 for a concrete example applying classical YangMills field dynamics.
The initial state of heavy-ion collisions
While none of these scenarios require GUTs, those that involve the out-of equilibrium decay of either fermions, scalars or condensates must have the mass scale of the right-handed neutrino between 109 and about 1011 GeV, to avoid washing out the baryon asymmetry later and to be produced after inflation respectively.
Supersymmetric "Solutions" to Cosmological Problems: Baryogenesis and Dark Matter
On the other hand, sources that produce on average one flare with a duration much shorter than the span of the observation period are gradually ”washed out” from the χ2 (l, b) map as the overall exposure time increases.
Search for variable gamma-ray emission from the Galactic plane in the Fermi data
On the one hand, the scattering mechanism is responsible for high values of resistivity of the stoichiometric pnictides at the temperature of their transition into the antiferromagnetic phase, on the other; it washes out fine details of the Fermi surfaces.
On the dual role of the d-electrons in iron-pnictides