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do the dishes (third-person singular simple present does the dishes, present participle doing the dishes, simple past did the dishes, past participle done the dishes)

  1. (intransitive) to wash up dirty crockery (plates and dishes) and cutlery (knives, forks, and spoons)
    I make my children do the dishes if they are impolite during dinner.
    Synonym: do the washing-up