wash-hand basin


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wash-hand basin a basin for washing the hands (`wash-hand basin' is a British expression)
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In literature:

Pilate closed the debate and washed his hands in a basin held by a servant.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
The Harrison "progress" left its heritage of shame, whereof each abaser would gladly have washed the hands of him in his neighbor's basin.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
What was left sticking to the wash-hand basin did not taste so bad.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Now, just for an instant, imagine the fathers of this abbey of ours going in for wash-hand-basins!
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
She washed her face and hands in Settle's tin basin, but drew the line at his rubber comb.
"The Forester's Daughter" by Hamlin Garland
I have brought a jug of hot water, and here is a basin, and you can wash your face and hands.
"Hollyhock" by L. T. Meade
I am sure Mrs. Lankton will let you wash your hands in that bright tin basin.
"Hildegarde's Home" by Laura E. Richards
There were wash-hand basins and tubs, and a drawer for each boy to hold his dressing things.
"Digby Heathcote" by W.H.G. Kingston
When he had washed his hands the basin was removed.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
They were then presented, in a golden basin adorned with emeralds and rubies, with water to wash their hands.
"Voltaire's Romances" by Fran├žois-Marie Arouet

In poetry:

Then the King said, "John, I give you Braehead farm as it stands,
On condition you provide a towel and basin of water to wash my hands,
If ever I chance to come your way.
Then John said, "Thanks to your Majesty, I'll willingly obey."
"An Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

"Copper pipes were taken and wash hand basins were removed, but not taken," she added.