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 for wash-out
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Washout \Wash"out`\, n.
     1. The washing out or away of earth, etc., especially of a
        portion of the bed of a road or railroad by a fall of rain
        or a freshet; also, a place, especially in the bed of a
        road or railroad, where the earth has been washed away.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. a complete failure; -- of an enterprise.
        [PJC]
  
     3. a person who has failed a course of study or training,
        leaving the program before its completion.
        [PJC]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  100 Moby Thesaurus words for "washout":
     ablution, airmanship, alluvion, alluvium, also-ran, bankrupt,
     bollix, bomb, botch, breakdown, breaking up, breakup, brief,
     briefing, bungle, bust, cataclysm, catastrophe, cave, cave-in,
     cleaning out, collapse, crack-up, crash, debacle, deluge, disaster,
     douche, douching, dud, dull thud, elution, elutriation, enema,
     engulfment, failure, false alarm, fiasco, fizzle, flat failure,
     flight plan, flood, flop, floperoo, flunk, flush, flushing,
     flushing out, flying lessons, foozle, frost, hash, inundation,
     irrigation, lathering, lavabo, lavage, lavation, laving, lemon,
     loser, mess, mopping, mopping up, muddle, overflow, overflowing,
     overrunning, pilot training, pilotship, rinse, rinsing, rundown,
     scouring, scrub, scrubbing, scrubbing up, shampoo, shipwreck,
     smash, smashup, soaping, spill, spillage, sponge, sponging,
     submersion, swabbing, the Deluge, the Flood, total loss, turkey,
     wash, washing, washing up, washup, whelming, wiping up, wrack,
     wreck
  
  

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