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washout

[wosh-out, wawsh-] /ˈwɒʃˌaʊt, ˈwɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a washing out of earth, gravel, etc., by water, as from an embankment or a roadway by heavy rain or by a flash flood.
2.
the hole, break, or erosion produced by such a washing out.
3.
Also, wash-out. Aeronautics. a warp in an airfoil that gives a decrease in the angle of attack toward the tip.
Compare washin.
4.
5.
Informal. an utter failure.
6.
Informal. a person who has failed a course of training or study:
air force washouts.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; noun use of verb phrase wash out
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Word Origin and History for wash-out

washout

n.

"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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for wash-out

washout

noun
  1. A failure; a total fiasco; flop: I'm afraid our big birthday bash was a washout
  2. A student pilot or aviation cadet who fails to complete the course and become a qualified pilot: the major cause for the large number of ''washouts''

[WWI British military; origin unknown; perhaps because the student's name was washed or scrubbed from the roster]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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