eye·​wash | \ ˈī-ˌwȯsh How to pronounce eyewash (audio) , -ˌwäsh \

Definition of eyewash

1 : an eye lotion
2 : misleading or deceptive statements, actions, or procedures

Examples of eyewash in a Sentence

He says he'll quit his job, but we know that's just eyewash.
Recent Examples on the Web San Diego let nine months pass between flushing the eyewash stations. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "A chemical spill, unchecked eyewash stations, poor training: Audit details Cal State's lax lab safety," 25 Apr. 2018 Next, Oliver went about documenting compliance, snapping photos of the cameras, the safes, the locks on cabinets and other equipment, the bars blocking the windows and even the eyewash station. Robb Mandelbaum, New York Times, "Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No," 4 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of eyewash

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Eyewash.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyewash. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eyewash

: a liquid used for washing the eyes
informal + old-fashioned : foolish words


eye·​wash | \ ˈī-ˌwȯsh, -ˌwäsh How to pronounce eyewash (audio) \

Medical Definition of eyewash

: an eye lotion

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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