Dishpan hands - definition of dishpan hands by The Free Dictionary
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pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A rough, dry, scaly condition of the hands typically caused by sensitivity to or excessive use of household detergents or cleaning agents.
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We often complained we were the only boys in our small town with dishpan hands
. We took our turns in front of the sink as soon as we were tall enough to see over it while standing on a stool made specially for that purpose.
(32) Rough "dishpan hands
" suggested not just carelessness in terms of appearance but lower-class social status as defined by a life of tedious housework.
(As the ad said, who wants a woman with dishpan hands
?) I also sympathise with women that they are missing the gene that facilitates sensible loading of a dishwasher.