wash out v.
1. (orig. milit.) to remove, to cancel, to dismiss (e.g. from a course).
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 348: Wash Out (To). To cancel, suppress.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 200: This overcoat business will have to be washed out.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 224: Why not chuck the whole idea of hitching up with me? Wash it out altogether.|
|Cry Tough! 94: His mother and father didn’t understand him [...] And now – Larry and Bull – had washed him out.|
|Vice Trap 51: I’d been in basic training [...] and I was through the next week, washed out.|
|Billy Bunter at Butlins 10: Too late to wash it out now, isn’t it, Greeney?|
2. (US) to lose all one’s money, esp. from gambling.
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 121: We are washed out. We owe every bookmaker at the track.‘The Snatching of Bookie Bob’ in|
3. to lose or spoil anything.
|Spicy Adventure Stories Aug. 🌐 You were a pilot on the Trans-American Air Lines. You washed out your ship over the desert.‘Black 13’ in|
|A Flying Tiger’s Diary (1984) 69: He is okay but washed out his landing gear.31 Dec. in|
4. (US) to die, to be killed.
|Great Adventure 183: He was in a bad spot to defend himself [but] he had ideas that were decidedly averse to getting washed out .|
5. to fail, e.g. a course.
|Letters Home (1944) 10 May 5: Such a great number ‘wash-out’ (fail) that I wouldn’t want anyone to know if I failed the course.|
|Battle Cry (1964) 49: There’s a kid [...] who wants to make Sea School but he washes out.|
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 44: wash out – Fail completely.|
|Lex. of Cadet Lang. 420: usage: ‘He washed out in Chem.’.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 59: They checked out the Standard Club [...] The Standard Club washed out.‘Stephanie’ in|
|Whiplash River [ebook] ‘I probably should have washed out at Quantico. My first SAC actually told me that straight up’.|
6. (US) vtr. to kill, to assassinate.
|Requiem in Utopia 70: There must have been a dozen opportunities to wash him out before he left London. Why wasn’t it done?|