it will all come out in the wash

Definition of it will all come out in the wash

informal
1 used to say that a problem is not serious and will be solved in the future
  • Don't worry about it. It will all come out in the wash.
2 used to say that the truth will be known in the future
  • No one knows who was responsible, but surely it will all come out in the wash.

Word by Word Definitions

will play
  1. : desire, wish

  2. used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal

  3. used to express frequent, customary, or habitual action or natural tendency or disposition

  1. : desire, wish: such as

  2. : disposition, inclination

  3. : appetite, passion

  1. : to order or direct by a will

  2. : to dispose of by or as if by a will : bequeath

  3. : to determine by an act of choice

all play
  1. : the whole amount, quantity, or extent of

  2. : as much as possible

  3. : every member or individual component of

  1. : wholly, quite

  2. : selected as the best (as at a sport) within an area or organization

  3. : only, exclusively

  1. : the whole number, quantity, or amount : totality

  2. used in such phrases as for all I know, for all I care, and for all the good it does to indicate a lack of knowledge, interest, or effectiveness

  3. : everybody, everything

  1. : the whole of one's possessions, resources, or energy

  1. : other : different : atypical

  2. : isomeric form or variety of (a specified chemical compound)

  3. : being one of a group whose members together constitute a structural unit especially of a language

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

wash play
  1. : to cleanse by or as if by the action of liquid (such as water)

  2. : to remove (something, such as dirt) by rubbing or drenching with liquid

  3. : to cleanse (fur) by licking or by rubbing with a paw moistened with saliva

  1. : a piece of ground washed by the sea or river

  2. : bog, marsh

  3. : a shallow body of water

  1. : involving essentially simultaneous purchase and sale of the same security

  2. : washable


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