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A day on which a household's clothes, bed linen, etc. are washed, especially when the same day each week:‘Monday was washday’‘her mother came to help on washday’
- ‘Monday was washday, the clothes washed in boiling water in a tub with a dolly peg.’
- ‘If Nanny was in a good mood, she would put a bowl of water with a smattering of washing powder added onto a chair and I would have my own washday on Monday for my dolls clothes.’
- ‘You can't talk about the clothesline without thinking about the entire washday of yesteryear - and all the hard work that went into it every week.’
- ‘That, he said, was his contribution towards the washday ritual.’
- ‘It needed to be an easy meal as Monday was washday and especially busy.’
- ‘Here is the easy, labour-saving washday you've always wanted!’
- ‘It was the boys' job to light the copper at 6 a.m. on washdays.’
- ‘A controversial solution has been put forward that could finally end the washday blues for people in Thornton Street, Skipton.’
- ‘Monday morning, in a house where washday begins, must be dreadful for the man of the house.’
- ‘One has to be a certain age to remember the soggy, steamy awfulness that was the drudgery of washdays when it involved galvanised tubs, poss-sticks and mangles.’
- ‘Turn off hot and cold water faucets going to tub between washdays to prevent water pressure strain on hoses.’
- ‘On washdays, the tub was filled with cold water using buckets, and a wood or coal fire was stoked up.’
- ‘Unfortunately when washday comes, as it indubitably has, we can all be in for a right good soaking.’
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