Wash-out

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Wash-out an erosion of earth by the action of water, the hole made by such
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Quotations

  • Dr. Hook
    Dr. Hook
    “Have a good cry, wash out your heart. If you keep it inside it'll tear you apart. Sometimes you lose, but you're gonna win if you just hang in.”

Idioms

Come out in the wash - If something will come out in the wash, it won't have any permanent negative effect.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wascan; Ice. vaska, Ger. waschen.

Usage

In literature:

We washed out of the seep well and used the cistern water to drink.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Burgo replied, with perfect ease, that he was going out just to have his hair washed and brushed.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Some of you will wash out.
"Stand by for Mars!" by Carey Rockwell
Surf washes out the scent of the man track.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
I guess we could climb right up that hill and see down into that hole where the big rock washed out.
"Six Little Bunkers at Cowboy Jack's" by Laura Lee Hope
His blondness, the washed-out blue of his eyes, his features, his voice, she considered all these anew as she sat opposite to him.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
The Pennsylvania R. R. bridge was washed out at the east end, and there is no communication across the river.
"The True Story of Our National Calamity of Flood, Fire and Tornado" by Logan Marshall
I felt so utterly washed out, when we arrived here, that I began to think I was in for a bad attack.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
Recent heavy rains had washed out the trail, and not knowing its course it was impossible to keep even its general direction.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
Carpets were beaten, blankets hung out to air, those that had been in real use washed.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

O rain, Summer Rain! forever,
Out of the crystal spheres,
And cool from my brain the fever,
And wash from my eyes the tears
"Summer Rain" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Forgive me if the evil years
Have left on me their sign;
Wash out, O soul so beautiful,
The many stains of mine
In tears of love divine!
"A Sea Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Thou Who for us becamest poor,
Thou Who for us wast crucified,
Wash out the past in that dear Stream
That floweth from Thy piercèd Side.
"Amorem Sensus" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
Now are his future prospects o'er;
Must labour, be despis'd, and poor.
His character so stain'd, no doubt,
That nothing can, but time, wash out."
"The Milkman" by William Hutton
Beat, beat thy breast, and weep a flood,
Thy garments wash in Jesus' blood,
Cry out for grace, thy life amend,
Ere vengeance does on thee descend.
"Another On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
Yet as he neared the door of death
They heard him say with broken breath:
'For all I've spoken, planned and penned,
I'm just a wash-out in the end.'
"Failure" by Robert W Service

In news:

It's been almost two months since a section of Cocollala loop road was washed out by rushing waters.
Chronicle/Cory Morse Tammy Miller and stepdaughter Shelby Parrish look at the washed out section of West Fruitport Road near Stahl Bayou Monday in Fruitport Township.
The antigay, long-closeted, recently outed Spokane, Wash. Mayor is one big bad apple, but he's still one of us.
"Soils had washed out, so there was a fear of a sinkhole" or sewer line failure.
But along the way, the team's rosters have also featured some memorable bombs— the wash-outs, has-beens, over-hyped, and just plain terrible.
Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com Read the article: Minnesota Power diversion canal washed out near Thomson Dam.
The initial training in Coronado is 24†weeks, and I've heard that the dropout rate is 50 to 80%, and that there is no shame in dropping out, washing out of seal training .
Gore's Live Earth-A success or a wash-out .
Durban wash out in Euro Tour opener.
Rain rules at Unity Christian Music Festival, but doesn't wash out the worship.
So why did the dyke wash out .
Terps wash out in Miami.
Authorities have identified the four Colorado family members killed after their vehicle drove into a washed-out section of a mountain highway in Wyoming.
Garner says the bridge on Bonin Road about 200 yards south of Ambassador Caffery was washed out by the heavy rains that hit the area earlier this morning.
Washed Out Releases New Video.
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In science:

We thus see that an artificial asymmetry of the structure of the modes is washed out.
Spurious poles of the axial gauge propagators and dynamics of the interacting fields
The high order oscillations which are very pronounced in the large N limit are washed out or absent in the texture model.
Microwave Background Anisotropies Induced by Global Scalar Fields: The Large N Limit
Features in k-space in the ℓ = |m| moment at fixed time are increasingly well preserved in ℓ-space as |m| increases, but may be washed out if the source is not well localized in time.
CMB Anisotropies: Total Angular Momentum Method
However even features in such sources will be washed out if they occur in the ℓ = |m| + 1 moment, such as the scalar dipole and the vector quadrupole (see Fig. 3).
CMB Anisotropies: Total Angular Momentum Method
Similarly features in the vector E and tensor B modes are washed out.
CMB Anisotropies: Total Angular Momentum Method
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