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wash something out

Definition of wash something out in English:

1Cause an event to be postponed or cancelled because of rain: their match against Australia was washed out
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  • England's only realistic hope of avoiding defeat lay with the weather and their prayers were answered as Sunday's first two sessions were washed out by rain.
  • Play started just an hour late after the previous two days had been washed out by heavy rain and a waterlogged outfield.
  • The two semi final matches were washed out by rain and according to the rules the finalists were decided on the net run rate.
2(Of a flood or downpour) make a breach in a road: the water washed out three highways
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  • A mile or so of the road had been washed out by a flood in 1995, and the agency had decided to keep it closed, saying that construction would hasten erosion and threaten the river's dwindling population of bull trout.
  • She said the entire island, which is about 14 miles wide, by the way, is covered in about four feet of water, that the ferries aren't running and all their roads are washed out.
  • A woman in labour was air-lifted from Ruatahuna to Rotorua Hospital, while about 30 people are cut off from civilisation in Ruatoki after access roads were washed out.
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