wash away

phrasal verb

washed away; washing away; washes away
: to carry (something) away by the movement of water
The bridge was washed away by flooding last year.
: to get rid of (something, such as unhappy or unpleasant thoughts) completely
Take a vacation to wash away your troubles.

Examples of wash away in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current exposes layers upon layers of sediment that took millions of years to form, but just decades to wash away. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 16 May 2024 The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane struck with an intensity that would be unparalleled for the next half-century, washing away 40 miles of track and dooming the railway for good. Teddy Brokaw, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 When you’re done, remove the crystals and rinse them under running fresh water to wash away residual salt. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 And make sure to use a dandruff conditioner along with your dandruff shampoo, otherwise a regular conditioner may wash away the active ingredient that has been deposited on the skin, says Dr. Zeichner. April Benshosan, Verywell Health, 9 May 2024 The rain can wash away pollutants and allergens in the air, especially in many large cities that are overly populated and polluted. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 19 Apr. 2024 Most of the topsoil had been washed away by the miners' heavy use of hoses. Simeon Tegel, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024 Any disappointment with the crab (mental reminder for myself to just go to the boats and buy some live crab) is washed away by the unique and excellent brandy selections. Bon Appétit Contributor, Bon Appétit, 23 Feb. 2024 Check new plants to make sure soil hasn’t washed away from the roots of those that are newly installed. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024

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“Wash away.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wash%20away. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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