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wash over

verb (transitive, prep)
1.
(of an emotion) to affect (a person) suddenly and profoundly
2.
(of an event) to have little effect on (a person)
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  • Then he turned back to his stove and began to wash over again a pan which he had laid aside already as clean.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • And she thought desperately, 'The only thing to be done with marriage is to let it wash over one.'

    Vera Elisabeth von Arnim
  • The waves must wash over her decks, she must lie in the trough of the sea as she does to-day.

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  • For a second, the citizens broke; then a wave of fury seemed to wash over them at the needless risk to the safety of all.

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  • That mixture Mr. Talbot calls gallo-nitrate of silver, and with it wash over the surface of the iodised paper.

    Great Facts Frederick C. Bakewell
  • Thereupon Neptune was angered and he caused the sea to wash over the territory of the Athenians.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • We hauled the lifeboat up so that the sea would not wash over it, but left our belongings in it, and then hurried below.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
  • We rowed in till the boat touched ground and the breakers began to wash over us.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • This half-jacket is enough to keep out the smaller waves which wash over the kaiak.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • wash over with egg, make a few cuts in the center so the steam may escape while baking, and put in a moderate oven.

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