washout

Definitions of washout
  1. noun
    the channel or break produced by erosion of relatively soft soil by water
    “it was several days after the storm before they could repair the washout and open the road”
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    type of:
    channel, groove
    a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)
  2. noun
    the erosive process of washing away soil or gravel by water (as from a roadway)
    “from the house they watched the washout of their newly seeded lawn by the water”
    synonyms: wash
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    types:
    rain-wash
    the washing away of soil or other loose material by rain
    type of:
    soil erosion
    the washing away of soil by the flow of water
  3. noun
    someone who is unsuccessful
    synonyms: dud, flop
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    type of:
    failure, loser, nonstarter, unsuccessful person
    a person with a record of failing; someone who loses consistently
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