washboard

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wash +‎ board

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washboard (plural washboards)

  1. A board with a corrugated surface against which laundry may be rubbed.
  2. (music) Such a board used as a simple percussion instrument.
  3. (nautical) A board fastened along a ship's gunwale to prevent splashing; a splashboard.
  4. A stretch of ripples or bumps on a dirt or gravel road, mostly occurring at corners; which is caused by wear from traffic, erosion from wet weather, or poor grading.

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