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 Chemical showers and eyewash stations loomed; sometimes, in a distant room, a dot-matrix printer burred. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How Does Science Really Work?," 28 Sep. 2020 Gleason Elementary School and Post Elementary will also receive eyewash stations. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair ISD approves renovations for elementary schools based on 2014 and 2019 bond packages," 10 Mar. 2020 Instead, pack along some sterile emergency eyewash. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "Stock a Premium First-Aid Kit With These 11 Essentials," 18 Feb. 2020 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyewash. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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