Phrasal Verbs

wash up (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb wash up (1)

British and Australian English


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


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

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


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

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