Definition of wash over phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


wash over

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Phrasal Verbs
  1. 1(also wash through somebody) (literary) (of a feeling) to suddenly affect somebody strongly, so that they are not aware of anything else Waves of nausea washed over him.
  2. 2to happen to or around somebody without affecting them She manages to let criticism just wash over her.
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