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wash away

Meaning: If something is washed away, it's carried off by the force of running water, as in a storm or a flood.

Synonym: sweep away

For example:

  • be washed away The river flooded and many roads and bridges were washed away.

  • wash away sth The streets were clean after the storm because the rain washed away all the dirt and rubbish.

  • wash sth away I left my towel on the beach, and then a big wave came and washed it away.

Quick Quiz:

Many cars were washed away by
  1. the tsunami waves
  2. teams of cleaners
  3. the traffic police

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