wash one's hands of

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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [hand]
    • /wɒʃ, wɔʃ wʌnz hænd ʌv, ɒv/
    • /wɒʃ wʌnz hænd əv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [hand]
    • /wɒʃ, wɔʃ wʌnz hænd ʌv, ɒv/

Definitions of wash one's hands of words

  • noun wash one's hands of the terminal, prehensile part of the upper limb in humans and other primates, consisting of the wrist, metacarpal area, fingers, and thumb. 1
  • noun wash one's hands of the corresponding part of the forelimb in any of the higher vertebrates. 1
  • noun wash one's hands of a terminal prehensile part, as the chela of a crustacean, or, in falconry, the foot of a falcon. 1
  • noun wash one's hands of something resembling a hand in shape or function, as various types of pointers: the hands of a clock. 1
  • noun wash one's hands of index (def 8). 1
  • noun wash one's hands of a person employed in manual labor or for general duties; worker; laborer: a factory hand; a ranch hand. 1

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Origin of wash one's hands of

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Hand, Old Norse hǫnd, Gothic handus

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Parts of speech for Wash one's hands of


wash one's hands of popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

Synonyms for wash one's hands of

verb wash one's hands of

  • buckle under — If you buckle under to a person or a situation, you do what they want you to do, even though you do not want to do it.
  • cave in — If something such as a roof or a ceiling caves in, it collapses inwards.
  • fly in the face of — to move through the air using wings.
  • forsake — to quit or leave entirely; abandon; desert: She has forsaken her country for an island in the South Pacific.

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