it will all come out in the wash

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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. used to express futurity

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

  3. used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction

  1. : a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death

  2. : desire, wish: such as

  3. : disposition, inclination

  1. : to cause or change by an act of will

  2. : intend, purpose

  3. : decree, ordain

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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