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The meaning of "washed up"

" Washed up "
Meaning:
1. Deposited on a beach by the tide. 2. Finished and failed, with no further chance of success.
Example:
1. Come and see, there's a shark washed up on the beach. 2. She used to be a great actress until she started on the booze. Now no one will hire her - she's all washed up.
Where did it originate?:
1. Britain, 17th century. 2. USA, 1920s.
Where is it used?:
1. Worldwide. 2. Mostly USA.
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