Definition of car wash in US English:

car wash

noun

  • 1A building containing equipment for washing cars or other vehicles automatically.

    • ‘Power and Associates believes that the car wash is an opportunity to create additional income at shopping centres and retail parks.’
    • ‘A cheap automatic car wash also would be a good investment to get people used to coming back to the dealership.’
    • ‘A single access road is planned from the A65 to be shared by the restaurant and a proposed car wash at a former filling station next door.’
    • ‘He was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery after allegedly holding up a limousine driver at a car wash, the police said.’
    • ‘Your daughter, it's my understanding was cleaning out her car at a gas station or a car wash?’
    • ‘The car wash opened at six o'clock in the morning and as much as Adam hated getting up at 5: 30, he had to admit he was enjoying the quiet store and non-existent customers at that time of the day.’
    • ‘He marched across the store, opening the car wash door at the back to the restrooms, which were just inside.’
    • ‘The trial also heard yesterday from a former police officer and customer at the car wash where the defendant worked, who recognised him after seeing his face in the Press.’
    • ‘A car wash and service area complete the facilities on site.’
    • ‘It is currently used as a petrol station with shop and car wash.’
    • ‘He'd thought about three businesses: a barber shop, a car wash, and ‘something’ in finance.’
    • ‘If the force is too great, a mirror may not fold out of harm's way, such as when a vehicle is in a car wash.’
    • ‘The McArthurglen Designer Outlet, in Rodbourne, wants to introduce a valet parking service, complete with a car wash.’
    • ‘And then there's always the car wash at the local garage.’
    • ‘The Ilkley Gazette understands that separate proposals have also been put forward for a car wash at the site of the former filling station on Coutances Way.’
    • ‘Plans to build a car wash in the car park of the Great Western Designer Outlet Village have been rejected by Swindon Council.’
    • ‘It would have included a wide range of facilities, including round-the-clock jet washers, a car wash and garage shop.’
    • ‘The police dog picked up a scent on the property of the Esso gas station over near the car wash.’
    • ‘Having seen her only in the car wash and liquor store for as long as he'd known her, Adam was afraid seeing her in an outside environment would have been, for some reason, awkward.’
    • ‘Mulemba said all those traveling should assemble at the car wash near the Times of Zambia offices on Freedom Way.’
  • 2An event, typically a fundraiser, in which cars or other vehicles are washed by hand.

    ‘the Teen Center will hold its third annual car wash on Saturday’
    • ‘Personnel from Castlecomer Fire Brigade took part in the annual car wash on Saturday.’
    • ‘Belmullet Fire Brigade members would like to thank all persons who supported their annual car wash which was held recently at the Docks, Belmullet.’
    • ‘There was a large crowd for the demonstrations and charity car wash, with everyone commenting that the Fire fighters should stick to their day job, as there was more water on the crowd than the dirty car.’
    • ‘Money was raised through events such as car washes, basketball competitions and sponsored silences.’
    • ‘No doubt they had a more significant engagement that demanded their attention - a mall opening or car wash, perhaps.’
    • ‘Mr McGregor said Ilkley's children and young people had done a lot of fundraising work behind the scenes, but had been unable to organise a sponsored car wash because insurance costs proved too high for the event.’
    • ‘The Bunclody firemen will have their annual car wash on the Market Square on Saturday, August 31 starting at 10 am.’
    • ‘Our club did fund-raisers, like car washes, and collected donations of cash, toys and toothbrushes for the underprivileged kids overseas.’
    • ‘Fundraising events across the district included a car wash by Keighley firefighters which raised £600.’
    • ‘The group raised £3,500 towards the park through car washes, sponsored events and balloon races but were still a long way off their target.’
    • ‘It is also hoped to plan events such as car washes, to get the children involved in raising money.’
    • ‘The first event is a Coffee Morning and car wash at the scout hut.’
    • ‘A charity car wash is due to be held at Bidford Fire Station on Saturday.’
    • ‘Fundraisers such as car washes and bake sales helped the tenants get the $1,500 needed to retain an attorney and they looked to nonprofit organizations for assistance in financing.’
    • ‘Crossmolina Fire Brigade annual charity car wash will be held on Saturday, December 11th on the Ballina Road.’
    • ‘Wonderful, I just can't wait for the car wash this Saturday, it's going to be an event to remember!’
    • ‘He makes the equivalent of 60 U.S. cents for an average exterior car wash.’
    • ‘Brittany & Robbie have held yard sales, car washes, and other fundraisers.’
    • ‘The grade 7 class held a car wash at the school fundraising event.’
    • ‘The group of 16 to 25-year-olds, based at York City Football Club, organised an auction and marathon car wash to fund the trip.’

Pronunciation

car wash

/ˈkɑr ˌwɔʃ/