wash up

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wash up (third-person singular simple present washes up, present participle washing up, simple past and past participle washed up)

  1. (UK, intransitive) To clean the utensils, dishes etc. used in preparing and eating a meal.
    Dinner has just finished, so go and wash up.
  2. (US, intransitive) To wash one's hands and/or face, often around mealtimes.
    Dinner is almost ready, so go and wash up.
  3. (intransitive, of water) To carry an object to land.
    The whale was washed up on the beach.
  4. Something or somebody that is washed up