wash over

wash over
a) To pass unnoticed so that one is unaffected by it.

The news of the actors death just washed over me, as I did not particularly like the man anyway.

b) Said of the way an emotion affects one suddenly.

A wave of embarrasment washed over me, as I became suddenly hot, and red in the face.


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