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Washout  n.  
The washing out or away of earth, etc., especially of a portion of the bed of a road or railroad by a fall of rain or a freshet; also, a place, especially in the bed of a road or railroad, where the earth has been washed away.
A complete failure; of an enterprise.
A person who has failed a course of study or training, leaving the program before its completion.

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"Washout" Quotes from Famous Books

... to be seen, and I felt some little curiosity about him which was not quite anxiety. Later, as we were going back to our quarters in the village, we saw him working on the road with a party of Altrurians who were repairing a washout from an overnight rain. They were having all kinds of a time, except a bad time, trying to understand each other in their want of a common language. It appeared that the Altrurians were impressed with ...
— Through the Eye of the Needle - A Romance • W. D. Howells

... we had left the Missouri River we came to a small bridge over a washout across the road, evidently constructed by some train just ahead of us. The Indians had taken possession and were demanding pay for crossing. Some parties ahead of us had paid, while others were hesitating; but with ...
— Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail • Ezra Meeker

... off!" he shouted. That brought her, partially dressed, from the tent. "Say, do you remember the river road we walked over to-day? Well, those fellows went in that direction, didn't they? Don't you see? Aren't you on? The washout! If they don't know about it the whole bunch is at the bottom of the ravine or in the river by this time! Mum's the word! There's a chance, darling; the reward said 'dead or ...
— The Daughter of Anderson Crow • George Barr McCutcheon

... settlement of the country by whites the road constructed across a ravine here, on the section line nearest the river about three-eighths of a mile away, followed the natural contour and the crossing was made without difficulty. Since then a deep washout has worked its way to some distance above this point, making a long bridge necessary. From the head of the washout to the Missouri River the banks are vertical, or nearly so, on each side of the little stream. It was in the bank on the ...
— Archeological Investigations - Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 76 • Gerard Fowke

Words linked to "Washout" :   colloquialism, nonstarter, wash out, rain-wash, flop, soil erosion, channel, failure, unsuccessful person

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