This wagon stood at the extreme end of a wash-out in the side of the canyon itself.
A wash-out, hidden by a clump of bushes, lay directly in the path of flight.
"wash-out" is a term used by the men when their firing is so wide of the mark that it fails to hit any spot on the card.
But I do, and only that wash-out prevented much conversation.
"A wash-out," replied his superior officer, Lieutenant Frank Farnborough.
"No, laddie; I said it was a wash-out," replied the skipper.
Many and many a wash-out he struck that way which would have wrecked our train and wound up our ball of yarn in a minute.
The Indian took the saddle off and placed it in a wash-out which was almost dry.
Once the train was held up four hours by a wash-out on the road and an old Norwegian gave me some cookies.
“I knew this trip would be a wash-out,” said Louise disconsolately.
"disappointing failure," 1902, from verbal phrase wash out "obliterate, cancel," attested from 1570s, hence colloquial sense of "to call off (an event) due to bad weather, etc."
Old English wascan, wæscan, from Proto-Germanic *watskanan (cf. Old Norse vaska, Middle Dutch wasscen, Dutch wassen, German waschen), from stem *wat-, the source of water. Related: Washed; washing. Used mainly of clothes in Old English (the principal verb for washing the body, dishes, etc. being þwean). Washed-out "faded" is from 1837. Washed up is 1923 theater slang, from notion of washing up at the end of a job.
late Old English wæsc "act of washing" (see wash (v.)). Meaning "clothes set aside to be washed" is attested from 1789; meaning "thin coat of paint" is recorded from 1690s; sense of "land alternately covered and exposed by the sea" is recorded from mid-15c.
v. washed, wash·ing, wash·es
To cleanse, using water or other liquid, usually with soap, detergent, or bleach, by immersing, dipping, rubbing, or scrubbing.
To make moist or wet.
The act or process of cleansing or washing.
A solution used to cleanse or bathe a part.
A situation or place where there is fighting or crime, such as a rough neighborhood: the war zone of Bridgeport
A technique of evading surveillance by taking an absurdly indirect route from one place to another (1990s+ Police)