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Wash

Gains equal losses.

Wash

A situation in which the profit on one activity or investment equals the loss on another. When an investment is a wash, it is said to break even.
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I was saying, senora," he replied, "that in the courts of other princes, when the cloth is taken away, I have always heard say they give water for the hands, but not lye for the beard; and that shows it is good to live long that you may see much; to be sure, they say too that he who lives a long life must undergo much evil, though to undergo a washing of that sort is pleasure rather than pain.
The customs of countries and princes' palaces are only good so long as they give no annoyance; but the way of washing they have here is worse than doing penance.
The stately animal had stopped washing her face and was looking at him curiously.
Again came the careful washing, the jealous herding of the golden specks, and the wantonness with which he sent them flying into the stream when he had counted their number.
When but one speck of gold rewarded his washing, he stopped and built a fire of dry twigs.
His elation increased with each barren washing, until he arose, exclaiming jubilantly:
He dug deep, and he dug shallow, filling and washing a dozen pans, and was unrewarded even by the tiniest golden speck.
Nightfall found him by the edge of the stream his eyes wrestling with the gathering darkness over the washing of a five-dollar pan.
he cried, letting down the pedal of the washing basin in which he had been sousing his healthy red neck.
On her first visit to Mercedes Higgins, Saxon received the recipe for home-made soap and her head was filled with a minutiae of instruction in the art of fine washing.
Oliver, having had by this time as much of the outer coat of dirt which encrusted his face and hands, removed, as could be scrubbed off in one washing, was led into the room by his benevolent protectress.
Fully automated and computerized, the high-quality and environmentally-friendly car washing system uses brushless cloths and filtered, recycled water.