dry wash

noun
1.
clothes, curtains, etc., washed and dried but not yet ironed. Compare wet wash.
2.
wash ( def 42 ).

Origin:
1870–75

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dry wash

a dry channel lying in a semiarid or desert area and subject to flash flooding during seasonal or irregular rainstorms. Such transitory streams, rivers, or creeks are noted for their gullying effects and especially for their rapid rates of erosion, transportation, and deposition. There have been reports of up to 8 feet (2 m) of deposition in 60 years and like amounts of erosion during a single flood event

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Example sentences
Before heading out on a hike, be sure you haven't parked in a dry wash, what
  folks back east would call an empty creek bed.
Sure, it will skip on bumpy corners and move around over dry wash scrabble at
  speed but it doesn't get upset or noisy.
Don't camp near a stream or dry wash during threatening weather conditions.
Do not make camp in a dry wash-flash floods develop quickly in the desert.
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