Definition of “wash up” - English Dictionary

(Definition of “wash up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wash up

phrasal verb with wash us /wɑʃ, wɔʃ/ verb [ I/T ]

(CLEAN HANDS)

to clean your hands, esp. before a meal:

She told the children to wash up for dinner.

wash up

phrasal verb with wash us /wɑʃ, wɔʃ/ verb [ I/T ]

(APPEAR NEAR WATER)

to appear on land because the ocean or a river or lake left it there:

Spilled oil has washed up on beaches behind the wreck.

(Definition of “wash up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)