Definition of wash-up in English:



  • 1An act of washing.

    • ‘Include your hair and fingernails in the wash-up.’
    • ‘It's always easier, someone said, to do the wash-up in someone else's house.’
    • ‘It was alleged that some business people and farmers were charging 6 pence for a glass of water, 1 shilling for a wash-up at a farmyard pump and 6 pounds a night for a room in a cottage near Athy.’
    • ‘After a wash-up and a change of clothes, I went outside, and I found Angelina waiting downstairs.’
    • ‘Others should zoom up the escalators to the toilets on the mezzanine level for a less-satisfactory wash-up at the basins.’
    1. 1.1British informal A person employed to wash dishes in the kitchen of a restaurant or hotel.
  • 2informal A debriefing session or follow-up discussion.

    as modifier ‘the wash-up reports on the operation’
    • ‘Discussions during the exercise and at the wash-up led to a number of recommendations.’