[ UK /wˈɒʃa‍ʊt/ ]
[ US /ˈwɑˌʃaʊt/ ]
  1. the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
    from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water
  2. someone who is unsuccessful
  3. the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water
    it was several days after the storm before they could repair the washout and open the road
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How To Use washout In A Sentence

  • The washout means England are certain at least to avoid a 7-0 whitewash in the series after losing the first four. The Sun
  • If summer sun is supposed to turn thoughts to romance, this year 's washout must be making the unattached feel as downcast as the overcast skies. Times, Sunday Times
  • Last summer was a washout. The Sun
  • In most cases the model assumes that the activated molecule is diffusible, and the washout occurs whenever the rate of diffusion exceeds rate of formation of the molecule.
  • The crossover design is unlikely to provide valid evidence because infantile colic is an unstable condition, and the effects of dicyclomine may continue even after a washout period.
  • The village is sheltered by gentle hills and seems immune from much of the washout summer that has afflicted Britain. Times, Sunday Times
  • What others might call a washout was exactly what she wanted.
  • He may be charming but he is willful, thoroughly spoiled and a washout in politics.
  • The first half was a total and utter washout. The Sun
  • Which would seem to be somewhat ironic, in this wettest washout of a summer since rain was invented. Times, Sunday Times
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