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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywash up
he/she/itwashes up
present participlewashing up
past tensewashed up
past participlewashed up
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] American to wash yourself, especially your hands and face

    Why don’t you go wash up before we eat.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if the ocean washes something up somewhere, it carries it and leaves it there

    Two whales have been washed up on the beach.

    Some of the oil has washed up on a neighboring island.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] British to wash plates, cups, spoons, etc. after a meal
  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal if someone washes up somewhere, they arrive there unexpectedly after a long time

    He stays out for four days solid and eventually washes up at his brother’s house.

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