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English definition of “washing-up”

washing-up

noun [U] uk   /ˌwɒʃ.ɪŋˈʌp/ us    /ˌwɑːʃ-/ UK (US dishes)
A2 the act of cleaning plates, pans, glasses, knives, forks, etc. after a meal, or the objects needing to be washed: You do the washing-up and I'll do the drying. There's an enormous pile of washing-up in the sink.
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