from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Water in which dishes are to be or have been washed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Water in which dishes have been washed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Water in which dishes have been washed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Water that dishes and cooking utensils have been washed in
  • noun by extension Anything dull and lacking interest or flavour

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun water in which dishes and cooking utensils are washed


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  • I should know by now that "I am up to my elbows in dishwater" is not a good reason to fail to write something down.

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  • Of course, I had to be up to my elbows in dishwater and have to STOP doing dishes, check the phone, go back and start the process all over.


  • One a redhead and one is, I call a dishwater blonde, came in and sat down at the center table, center row.

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  • As a child I thought a pound of flesh was a euphemism for his manhood, the kitchen not really a room but a dungeon of tepid, slick dishwater and never believed promises.

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  • That does seem to be the important push these days - convincing people that sustainable food, clothing, practices etc. are more mainstream than the traditional image of unwashed hippies eating lentils while wearing hemp in their off-the-grid log cabin - or the more modern but still unappealing yuppie couple who ride bicycles everywhere, use cloth diapers and recycle their dishwater, and eat tofurky.

    Stylish and sustainable

  • His hair was blond sans dishwater and his eyes were a pale aqua green, “like the water of Lake Huron when it laps the shores of Mackinac Island,” his mother used to say—before she stopped noticing.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • And the hair she thought was golden blond is dishwater at the roots.

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  • All those colorful melodies quickly turned dishwater gray.

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  • By the time Ben, the night bartender, arrived to relieve me, my feet ached, my sweater was ruined by splattered grease, and I was up to my elbows in dishwater.

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  • I watched in shock as Evie went to take the menus from a compliant Pete, bumped his arm, and sent the menus plopping into the dishwater with a loud splash.

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