wash off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wash off remove by the application of water or other liquid and soap or some other cleaning agent "he washed the dirt from his coat","The nurse washed away the blood","Can you wash away the spots on the windows?","he managed to wash out the stains"
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Usage

In literature:

Flushed and hungry, the boy came in, and after kissing her hurriedly, ran off to wash his face and hands before dinner.
"Life and Gabriella" by Ellen Glasgow
Wash off in cold water and dry in the shade.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Betty went off without washing the breakfast dishes.
"The Mystery of Mary" by Grace Livingston Hill
As soon as dinner was over, Wili and Lili ran off to the wash-house again.
"Uncle Titus and His Visit to the Country" by Johanna Spyri
He dispatched the whole grimy business by the simple method of washing in gasoline guaranteed to take the varnish off a car fender.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
Now his body was tossing on the waves, sometimes thrown on the shore and then washed off again.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
I put it on last night, and by gosh I can't wash it off.
"Peck's Compendium of Fun" by George W. Peck
There he plunged into the clear water, and washed the salt crust from off his face and limbs and body, and the crusted foam from his hair.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
It will make you feel like a new man to have the dirt of slavery all washed off.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Wash that paint off your face.
"Bessie's Fortune" by Mary J. Holmes
Five regained it, but were again washed off, and again succeeded in reaching their former position.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
When you wanted to wash before putting on or after taking off your make-up you went to a row of stationary wash-bowls down the corridor.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
The road for a great part of the way was over the bare back of the sandstone strata, the covering of basalt having been washed off.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
You'll have just time to wash, and brush the dust off, before supper.
"Philip Winwood" by Robert Neilson Stephens
We had our life-preservers on, and we made fast the lines forward, which saved us from being washed off the bottom of the vessel.
"Across India" by Oliver Optic
The Doctor washed it off an' put a plaster on.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Then he took off his coat, shaved, washed, and put on a clean shirt and collar.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
What do we do when I get six pounds of dirt washed off and some powder on my nose?
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
But if cotton is used instead of wool, the acquired color is very faint, and washes off readily.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
What is the finer silt we have washed off?
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
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In poetry:

Wash off my foul offense,
And cleanse me from my sin;
For I confess my crimes, and see
How great my guilt has been.
"Have mercy, Lord, on me," by Nahum Tate and Nicholas Brady
Where you wash the cobwebs off your chest.
That's our motto there -
'Honi soit qui may y pense',
And in Yorkshire that means beer is best.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
The dews that washed the dust and soil
From off the wings of pleasure,
The sky, that flecked the, ground of toil
With golden threads of leisure.
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Bring water, nard, and linen rolls!
Wash off all blood, set smooth each limb!
Then say:--"He was not wholly vile,
Because a king shall bury him."
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
The breath of spring within our motherland
Is washing off the winter's traces,
Is washing off black rings and crevices
From tear-worn eyes of Slavic races.
"Spring" by Boris Pasternak
PUT off thy shoes, ere thou thy God dost greet,
Thy ass, before thou sacrificest, bind —
Wash, ere the altar thou com'st near, thy feet,
And weigh, what thou requestest, well in mind.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Wash the dandelions well and cut off the tough ends.
The 8.9-magnitude earthquake set off a devastating tsunami that sent walls of water washing over coastal cities in the north.
As regime washes the dried blood off the streets, some in Hama remain defiant.
It washes off in about a week and is totally pain free (unlike real tattoos.
I don't get this obsession with washing the smell off.
A Manatee washes up off the shore of Lake Marion near Summerton.
Fire trucks had to wash blood off street.
We should mention, the driver was believed to have been drunk, and told police he did it to help cool off his dogs and wash his truck.
Fatal boat collision in dense fog off Wash.
Two Bellevue, Wash. Police officers have been disciplined for their off-duty conduct at a Sept 16 Seattle Seahawks game.
Murray/The Star-Ledger Travis Michelsen washes off after being shot with paintballs on the boardwalk.
This allows the paint to be easily washed off when ready to change themes.
I used a hose to wash off the scale.
I'll Have Another washing off for the big show.
There are several parts of my job that I truly enjoy and participating (including washing the tons of dirty dishes) at the annual cook-off and tasting party for The News and Sentinel Cookbook Contest is definitely one of them.
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In science:

After the hybridization step is terminated the solution containing the non-hybridized target is washed off from the array.
Comment on: ``Solving the riddle of the bright mismatches: Labeling and effective binding in oligonucleotide arrays"
It is worth stressing that, whereas the first effect may be expected, the second effect is not foreseeable: it is not easy to explain a priori why the randomness of the coupling coefficients washes off the high peaks present in the non-random case.
The effect of random coupling coefficients on decoherence
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