washed up

adj Finished, done in. When the cops caught him, his criminal life was done in. 1920s

Historical dictionary of American slang . 2014.

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  • washed up — {adj.} Ruined; finished; a failure. * /Harry is looking awfully sad. I hear his business has collapsed and he is all washed up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • washed up — {adj.} Ruined; finished; a failure. * /Harry is looking awfully sad. I hear his business has collapsed and he is all washed up./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • washed-up — adj if a person or an organization is washed up, they will never be successful again ▪ a washed up movie star …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Washed — Washed, a. (Zo[ o]l.) Appearing as if overlaid with a thin layer of different color; said of the colors of certain birds and insects. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • washed-up — [ ,waʃt ʌp ] adjective INFORMAL someone who is washed up will never be popular or successful again …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • washed — washed; un·washed; …   English syllables

  • washed-up — washed′ up′ adj. Informal. inf done for; having failed • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • washed-up — [adj] finished broken down, come to an end, concluded, done, done for, done with, ended, over and done*, over the hill*, shot*, through, useless; concepts 528,531 …   New thesaurus

  • washed-up — ► ADJECTIVE informal ▪ no longer effective or successful …   English terms dictionary

  • washed-up — [wôsht′up′] adj. 1. cleaned up 2. Informal tired; exhausted ☆ 3. Slang finished; done for; having failed …   English World dictionary

  • washed-up — adjective doomed to extinction • Syn: ↑done for, ↑ruined, ↑sunk, ↑undone • Similar to: ↑unsuccessful * * * ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

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