since 1997, the world's premier FREE website for learners + teachers of English
Phrasal Verbs

wash out

This page is about the phrasal verb wash out


If an event is washed out, it's stopped because of rain.


rain out

For example

  • be washed out The final session of play in today's cricket match was washed out.

  • be washed out This year's company picnic was washed out by a sudden rain storm.

almost always used in a passive form, such as "the game was washed out"

Quick Quiz

Our school's sports day was washed out by

a. an electrical storm

b. some lazy students

c. a strong detergent

Phrasal verbs grammar

1000 Phrasal Verbs in Context ebook

Phrasal Verb of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey