dish·​wa·​ter | \-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of dishwater 

: water in which dishes have been or are to be washed

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Grain bowls can be a symphony of flavor — or dull as dishwater. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 There is a stove and refrigerator and a bucket under the sink for catching dishwater. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "The New Outdoor Getaway: Landscapes That Have Been ‘Rewilded’," 20 Sep. 2018 The return of Premier League football couldn't have come soon enough, with football fans forced to endure a week of pointless international friendlies that were, for the most part, as dull as dirty dishwater., "6 of the Best Moments From a Potentially Decisive Weekend of Premier League Action," 2 Apr. 2018 With no running water, buckets of urine and dishwater were out in the open. Christopher Harress,, "Three dead as Mobile mourns fallen police officer," 21 Feb. 2018 Residents also are asked to refrain from tasks that use a large amount of water, such as using the dishwater or washing machine. Littice Bacon-blood,, "St. John Parish schools closed Thursday amid water pressure concerns," 3 Jan. 2018 Modern-day gangster films remain likely to feature diner scenes, and Jack Kerouac’s meticulous descriptions of the stench of dishwater and counters pocked with knife marks are, in Michael Stern’s mind, immortal. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "The Mystique of the American Diner, from Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”," 31 Aug. 2017 The cocktail resembles dishwater—or a very dirty martini—which could pose a problem for bartenders, since most drinkers expect their classic martini to be crystal clear. Heidi Mitchell, WSJ, "Can Science Make Alcohol Safer?," 23 Oct. 2017 With their dishwater-brown color, the creatures are hard to spot in murky waters. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Brain-like Blob Found in Canadian Pond," 7 Sep. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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