wash up
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wash up(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to clean one's face and hands)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. lavarse
Make sure you wash up before we leave for the restaurant.Asegúrate de lavarte antes de que nos vayamos al restaurante.
2. (to float ashore)
a. ser traído por la corriente
The natives on the island were shocked to see a castaway wash up ashore.A los nativos de la isla les sorprendió ver a un náufrago ser traído por la corriente hacia la orilla.
b. ser arrastrado
A lot of seaweed has been washing up on the beach, producing a terrible smell.Muchas algas están siendo arrastradas a la playa, produciendo un olor terrible.
3. (to clean dishes) (United Kingdom)
a. lavar los platos
Since you cooked dinner tonight, I'll wash up.Como esta noche tú hiciste la cena, yo lavaré los platos.
b. fregar los platos
Can you help me to clear the table and wash up?¿Me puedes ayudar a recoger la mesa y fregar los platos?
c. fregar
We're out of dishwashing liquid, so I can't wash up right now.Se nos acabó el detergente, así que no puedo fregar ahorita.
d. lavar
I don't like drying dishes, but I don't mind washing up.No me gusta secar los platos, pero no me importa lavar.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
4. (to bring ashore)
a. arrastrar
The waves washed up the flotsam from the shipwreck onto the beach.Las olas arrastraron los restos del naufragio hasta la playa.
5. (to clean dishes) (United Kingdom)
a. lavar
Since we don't have a dishwasher, we'll have to wash up the dishes by hand.Como no tenemos lavavajillas, tendremos que lavar los platos a mano.
b. fregar
If you wash up the dishes, I'll dry them and put them away.Si friegas los platos, los secaré y los pondré en su sitio.
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wash up
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (clean) (United Kingdom)
a. fregar, lavar
2. (bring ashore; of sea)
a. arrastrar hasta la playa
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (do dishes) (United Kingdom)
a. fregar or lavar los platos
4. (have a wash)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. lavarse
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wash up
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (Britain) (wash dishes) fregar (los platos); lavar los platos
I'll wash up my turn to wash up I went into the kitchen to wash up he washed up while I had a rest
2 (US) (have a wash) lavarse
I went in to wash up before dinner
3 (come ashore)
it washed up with the tide lo trajo la marea; la marea lo arrastró a la playa
their boat washed up on a lonely island
transitive verb
1 (Britain) [+dishes] fregar; lavar
I made the beds and washed up the breakfast things I bet you make the breakfast and wash up their plates as well
2 (onto beach) arrastrar
the sea washed it up el mar lo arrastró a la playa
thousands of herring and crab are washed up on the beach during every storm
a body had been washed up on the beach un cuerpo había aparecido en la playa, arrastrado por el mar
3
to be all washed up [+person, marriage] estar acabado
he may be a washed-up novelist, but ... he seemed all washed up, with no career and no future our marriage is all washed up he's all washed up
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