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wash someone's mouth out with soap

Slang definitions & phrases for wash someone's mouth out with soap

washed up

adjective phrase

No longer valid or active as a performer, competitor, worker, etc; ausgespielt, finished: I'm all washed up/ Borden is all washed up

[1923+ Theater; fr the notion of washing up one's hands at the finish of a job or a day's work]

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