wash over

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

  1. To pass unnoticed so that one is unaffected by it.
    The news of the actor's death just washed over me, as I did not particularly like the man anyway.
  2. To affect the emotions of (a person) suddenly and overwhelmingly.
    A wave of embarrasment washed over me, as I became suddenly hot, and red in the face.
  3. Of open water. To surge over the banks, or other retaining structure.
    The river washed over the embankment at several places.