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 Meanwhile, the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football leadership positions, has become toothless, modern-day eyewash. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2022 It was regularly infested with pigeons and other animals (which had to be wrangled out annually), and was outfitted with eyewash stations only in 2018, after numerous requests from various teams. Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2021 The Sox were losing for the 11th time in 14 games, turning a five-game lead into a five-game deficit after giving us nothing more than a little eyewash at the trade deadline. BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2021 In 2010, the farm was fined $305 for repeatedly failing to post that information and for failing to provide workers with an eyewash station when pesticides were being used that could cause irreversible eye damage. oregonlive, 1 July 2021 Chemical showers and eyewash stations loomed; sometimes, in a distant room, a dot-matrix printer burred. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 28 Sep. 2020 Gleason Elementary School and Post Elementary will also receive eyewash stations. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2020 Instead, pack along some sterile emergency eyewash. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, 18 Feb. 2020 San Diego let nine months pass between flushing the eyewash stations. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, 25 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of eyewash

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Eyewash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyewash. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of eyewash

: an eye lotion


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