eyewash

[ahy-wosh, ahy-wawsh]
noun
1.
Also called collyrium. Pharmacology. a solution applied locally to the eye for irrigation or administering medication.
2.
Informal. nonsense; bunk.

Origin:
1865–70; eye + wash

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eyewash (ˈaɪˌwɒʃ)
 
n
1.  a mild solution for applying to the eyes for relief of irritation, etc
2.  informal nonsense; rubbish

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Word Origin & History

eyewash
"a wash or lotion for the eyes," 1866; colloquial use for "blarney, humbug" (1884), chiefly British, is perhaps from the notion of "something intended to obscure or conceal facts or true motives." But this, and expression my eye also may be the verbal equivalent of the wink that indicates one doesn't
believe what has been said (cf. Fr. mon oeil in same sense, accompanied by a knowing pointing of a finger to the eye).
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eyewash eye·wash (ī'wŏsh')
n.
A soothing solution for bathing or medicating the eye.

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Example sentences
Emergency eyewash bottles are not used in lieu of a plumbed or self-contained eyewash when an eyewash is required.
Personal eyewash bottles don't meet the requirements for plumbed or self-contained eyewashes, but can be used initially.
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