wish-wash

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wish-wash nonsensical talk or writing
    • n wish-wash any thin watery drink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wish-wash Any weak, thin drink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wish-wash Anything wishy-washy; especially, a thin, sloppy drink.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wish-wash wish′-wosh (coll.) anything wishy-washy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from wash.

Usage

In literature:

Not a bad exchange for the Frenchman's wish-wash claret, I suspect.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
I wish him joy of her, but wash my hands of the engagement.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
Mr. Furnival sighed as he stepped out of his cab, and again wished that he could wash his hands of the whole affair.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
But Mrs Hodson shewed him how to wash and also to iron her dresses in the way she wished to have them done.
"Old Daniel" by Thomas Hodson
I wish the rain would wash them off into the sea.
"The Book of Dragons" by Edith Nesbit
I wish the sea would come up and wash me and make me forget.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
He told me to wash myself if I wished to, for I was to appear before the judge, and a good appearance never went against one.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
It is fit for baptisms; but one would not wish it to be polluted by having sins washed into it.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
His drink a wish-wash of six-water grog.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
He may wish to wash before dinner.
"Tom, The Bootblack" by Horatio Alger
I wish you could see Aunt Betty wash dishes!
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
He wished Aunt Jane would go out washing every day till Saturday!
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
We'll wear yellow gloves that you use to wash dishes, Since dad doesn't use them, like mom says she wishes.
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
But she didn't wish to pitch hay and she loathed washing dishes.
"The Camerons of Highboro" by Beth B. Gilchrist
Were brain washing really practicable, it was this you would wish to wash away.
"Frigid Fracas" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
That day for the first time people cut their hair and whoso had the wish washed himself.
"The Pharaoh and the Priest" by Alexander Glovatski
I will not tell you of all that took place near the great Lakes at this time, as I wish to keep your mind on George Wash-ing-ton.
"The Life of George Washington" by Josephine Pollard
I do hate water; there is too much used on me when I am washed, and I wish I could be washed with land instead.
"Daisy" by Miranda Eliot Swan
I wish I hadn't washed my hair.
"Polly's First Year at Boarding School" by Dorothy Whitehill
I do wish they liked to wash more than they do, though.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed
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In poetry:

But, oh, I 've a wish in my soul, dear love,
(The wish of a dreamer, it seems,)
That I might wash free of my sins, dear love,
In the pool that I see in my dreams.
"The Pool" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Thou, whom we once thought wise, and great, and good —
Peace, such as thou did'st wish to all, abide
With thee — a despot's peace. So let the flood
Of memory stagnate round thee, like the tide
That washes Taganrok from Azof's shallowest side.
"On The Death Of Alexander, Emperor Of The Russias, At Taganrok" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Published Saturday, Dec 1, 2012, at 8:03 a.m. For those who can't wash away their tattoos but wish they could, a tattoo-removal business called Original Skin is opening Saturday.
Best wishes to Bob Ellis, who last month opened Empire Cycle & Powersports in Spokane Valley, Wash. After doing a $100K remodel of a 16,000 sq.
About once a year, always in the late Spring, I sort-of wish I lived in a cave, reason being, it is window washing time again.
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