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  • n. The act of washing dishes etc; dishwashing
  • adj. Of, or relating to washing dishes

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, same as clean-up, 2. Also washing-off (Australia).

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

  • n. the washing of dishes etc after a meal


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  • Edna reflected: "Back in Melbourne, when I was a young housewife, wrist-deep in grey washing-up water and mutton fat and peas, looking out of the kitchen window through chipped venetian blinds at the broken kiddies' toys in the back garden, I never dreamt that one day I would be at this three-star hotel speaking to a really distinguished group of cutting-edge women... and the occasional man."

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