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dishwater

[dish-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈdɪʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
noun
1.
water in which dishes are, or have been, washed.
Idioms
2.
dull as dishwater / ditchwater, extremely dull; boring.
Origin of dishwater
1475-1485
1475-85; dish + water
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Examples from the Web for dishwater
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  • Her hands and arms were red and dripping and from a dim region at the rear came the smell of dishwater.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • So here we are—and I'm as dull as dishwater and so lonesome!

    The Slipper Point Mystery Augusta Huiell Seaman
  • The door behind him opened jerkingly, and a scowling woman came out with a pan of dishwater in her hand.

  • Jud turned from his pan of dishwater to cast a frightened glance over his shoulder.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • It was funny to see his fat hands dabbling in dishwater; he laughed as much about—it as aunt Corinne did.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Soon the dishwater ceased, and they felt freshly broken earth under their feet.

  • Unluckily the tub of dishwater, which Herr Boege had been assiduously mixing for the pigs, stood near.

  • This one may be interesting but badly written, or it may be beautifully expressed and as dull as dishwater.

  • He'd better pay his board bill today or she'd throw him out like dishwater.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • Letitia's slate-pencil coffee was ambrosia for the gods, sweetest nectar, by the side of the dishwater that cook prepared.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
British Dictionary definitions for dishwater

dishwater

/ˈdɪʃˌwɔːtə/
noun
1.
water in which dishes and kitchen utensils are or have been washed
2.
something resembling this: that was dishwater, not coffee
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Word Origin and History for dishwater
n.

also dish-water, "water where dishes have been washed," late 15c., from dish (n.) + water (n.). Used figuratively of weak broth, coffee, etc., from 1719.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dishwater

dishwater

noun

Weak and scarcely drinkable soup, coffee, etc (1719+)

Related Terms

dull as dishwater

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with dishwater

dishwater

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