it's a wash

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of it's a wash

used to say that something is equal and that one side does not have an advantage
  • You won the first game and I won the second, so it's a wash.

Word by Word Definitions

it play
  1. : that one — compare he, its, she, they

  2. used as subject of an impersonal verb that expresses a condition or action without reference to an agent

  3. used with many verbs as a direct object with little or no meaning

  1. : the player in a game who performs the principal action of the game (such as trying to find others in hide-and-seek)

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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