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wash up (1) British and Australian English

Meaning: If you wash up, you wash dirty dishes and cooking utensils.

Synonym: do the dishes

For example:

  • wash up I'll cook the dinner if you wash up.

  • wash up sth Do you want me to wash up all these dishes next to the sink?

  • wash sth up Leave the dishes. I'll wash them up in the morning.

Nouns often used as objects with
wash up (1): dishes, plates, cups, pots, pans, cutlery

Note: The phrase "do the washing-up" is often used to descibe the act of washing up, especially if the particular objects being washed are not mentioned.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

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