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From Middle High German spüelen, from Old High German -spuolen (to wash); cognate with Middle Low German spȫlen, Dutch spoelen, and Old English āspylian (to wash (oneself)), and with the Middle Low German noun spōl (dishwater).


  • IPA(key): /ˈʃpyːln̩/, /ˈʃpyːlən/
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spülen (third-person singular simple present spült, past tense spülte, past participle gespült, auxiliary haben)

  1. to rinse
  2. to do the dishes, wash up, wash
  3. (figuratively) to wash, to sweep
    • 2010, Der Spiegel, issue 34/2010, page 19:
      Die Mehreinnahmen, die der rasante Wirtschaftsaufschwung in die Staatskasse spülen wird, sind konjunkturell bedingt nur vorübergehend.
      Due to the nature of business cycles, the additional revenues which the rapid economic upturn will sweep into the government's coffers will only be transient.
  4. to flush (the toilet)


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