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awash

[uh-wosh, uh-wawsh] /əˈwɒʃ, əˈwɔʃ/
adjective, adverb
1.
Nautical.
  1. just level with or scarcely above the surface of the water, so that waves break over the top.
  2. overflowing with water, as the upper deck of a ship in a heavy sea.
2.
covered with water.
3.
washing about; tossed about by the waves.
4.
covered, filled, or crowded:
streets awash with shoppers; a garden awash in brilliant colors.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; a-1 + wash

Awash

[ah-wahsh] /ˈɑ wɑʃ/
noun
1.
a river in E Ethiopia, flowing NE through the Great Rift Valley to near the Djibouti border. 500 miles (805 km) long.
Also, Hawash.
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British Dictionary definitions for awash

awash

/əˈwɒʃ/
adverb, adjective (postpositive) (nautical)
1.
at a level even with the surface of the sea
2.
washed over by the waves
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Word Origin and History for awash
awash
1833, from a- (1) "on" + wash (q.v.).
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Slang definitions & phrases for awash

awash

adjective
  1. Full of a liquid; full to surfeit: Dr Johnson was awash in tea, drinking thirty cups each day
  2. Overwhelmed with; drowning in: The dean was awash in niggling student complaints
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