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a river in E Ethiopia, flowing NE through the Great Rift Valley to near the Djibouti border. 500 miles (805 km) long.
adverb, adjective (postpositive) (nautical)
at a level even with the surface of the sea
washed over by the waves

1825, originally nautical, “on the level of, flush with,” from a- (1) “on” + wash (n.). Figurative use by 1912.


Full of a liquid; full to surfeit: Dr Johnson was awash in tea, drinking thirty cups each day
Overwhelmed with; drowning in: The dean was awash in niggling student complaints

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