In this article, Edward Hibbert (who plays Gil Chesterton), describes his character:

Gil’s effete and affected with a wash-dish tongue.

What is meant by a "wash-dish tongue?

Note: Googling "wash-dish tongue" returns only the article I have linked, and this question. Also "wash-dish" does not appear as a result in dictionary.com.

Which, if you are a fan of Frasier, you really should have a read, because it is excellent.

  • You would have to ask Edward Hibbert. It is not a standard idiom; in fact, I don't find that phrase anywhere.
    – MetaEd
    Sep 17, 2018 at 17:09
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    – MetaEd
    Sep 17, 2018 at 17:50
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    Yes. Negative results of research are helpful. Research can take many forms: checking references such as an online English dictionary, thesaurus, or grammar, searching this site for similar questions, searching the web, etc. It helps clarify what your question is, and is also a kindness to the experts who will otherwise probably repeat searches you already did.
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    Sep 17, 2018 at 18:07
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    Perhaps what was intended / misheard was a waspish tongue en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/waspish meaning "readily expressing anger or irritation"
    – Jim Mack
    Sep 17, 2018 at 19:55
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    @JimMack That is a super good guess!
    – 1252748
    Sep 17, 2018 at 20:12

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After reading the portion of the article cited, and recollecting the character, I'm almost certain that this was an error in transcription: what the person said was a waspish tongue, which fits the character well.

Waspish here meaning "readily expressing anger or irritation" per the Oxford Dictionaries.

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