from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A solution, medicated or nonmedicated, applied as a cleanser for the eyes.
  • n. Informal Actions or remarks intended to conceal the facts of a situation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soothing medicated lotion for the eyes
  • n. nonsense; flattery; pretentiousness.
  • n. A means of creating a deceptively favourable impression of something or someone; something for appearance only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See eyewater.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A medicated water for the eyes.

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

  • n. lotion consisting of a solution used as a cleanser for the eyes


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eye +‎ wash


  • That is the sort of dense-skinned ignorance which makes one unspeakably angry -- the ignorance which, because it has heard of or read a letter from some brave-hearted youngster, making light of hardships for his mother's sake, therefore flies to the conclusion that everything written and spoken about the horrors of this war is humbug, and what the Army calls "eyewash" -- a big conspiracy to deceive the people who are not there.

    Letters from France

  • As for the newspaper talk about this being a ‘war for democracy’, it was plain eyewash.

    Homage to Catalonia

  • However Jammu student leaders spearheading protest demonstrations termed it mere 'eyewash' and demanded setting up of camp office in Samba.

    Omar Abdullah Urges Manmohan Singh for Two Central Universities in J&K

  • LUCKNOW - The Congress Wednesday termed the suspension of 22 officials by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for alleged bungling of funds meant for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) as an "eyewash".

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  • Congress spokesman Subodh Srivastava said the suspensions were an "eyewash" in view of the suspected huge volume of pilferage across the state.

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  • Later, speaking during the debate, former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda dubbed the proposed Commission of Inquiry as an "eyewash" and demanded setting up of a Joint - Top HomePage-TopStories News Headlines

  • Srinagar: PDP on Sunday termed as an "eyewash", the enquiry into the killing of a teenager allegedly by security forces and said government was raising the issue of 'resurgent Another boy killed: Kashmiris carrying the coffin of 17-year-old Zahid Farooq in Srinagar on Saturday. - Articles related to India imposes curfew in Kashmir capital Srinagar

  • NEW DELHI - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday rejected the government's announcement of a committee to deliberate on a mechanism for statehood for Telangana, terming it an "eyewash" and a "delaying tactic".

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  • Sri Lankan government halted its military operations for two-days last Monday and Tuesday for the LTTE to allow civilians free movement but the LTTE ignored the pause saying it is an 'eyewash' to hoodwink the international community.

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  • He termed as "eyewash" the Central government's steps like creation of National Investigating Agency (NIA) and amendments in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after the Mumbai terror attack.


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  • etymology?

    February 13, 2010

  • Eew. That doesn't sound very sanitary.

    August 9, 2007

  • You mean, like hogwash and my eye! combined?

    August 8, 2007

  • Used as an expression of disbelief; poppycock

    August 8, 2007