There are 2 main definitions of wash up in English:

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wash up 1

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-up
clean, 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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wash-up 2

Pronunciation: /ˈwɒʃʌp/


1An act of washing.
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  • Others should zoom up the escalators to the toilets on the mezzanine level for a less-satisfactory wash-up at the basins.
  • 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.
  • It's always easier, someone said, to do the wash-up in someone else's house.
1.1British informal A person employed to wash dishes in the kitchen of a restaurant or hotel.
2 informal A debriefing session or follow-up discussion: [as modifier]: the wash-up reports on the operation
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  • Discussions during the exercise and at the wash-up led to a number of recommendations.

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