Definition of wash up in English:

wash up

1 (also wash something up) chiefly British Clean crockery and cutlery after use: I cook for him, but he must wash up wash up the teacups
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  • I can't think of a better way to end a moving day - food and booze, and not having to wash up afterwards.
  • Forget about buying the food, cooking the dinner, washing up or organising the New Year party - just relax and concentrate on spending time with your loved ones.
  • He finished crunching up his toast and absent-mindedly washed the plate up, putting it back in the cupboard with the others.
wash the dishes, wash the crockery, do the dishes, do the washing-upclean, rinse, do, scrub, scour
2North American Clean one’s hands and face: supper’s about done—go wash up
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  • The men cleaned their boots off, washed up, and everyone sat down to supper.
  • I think I will go wash up, but I have clean clothes, soap, and a towel.
  • Okay, let me wash up and change into a clean shirt and we'll take off.
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