Am I right in thinking that it's possible and correct to use the zero article in contexts like this, when the meaning is general?
Even though in dictionaries it's presented as a set expression with the definite article?
For example, if we say "I don't want to wash the dishes" or "He washed the dishes", we will use 'the' because we mean a particular situation. But what if the meaning is general, for example, "He has never washed dishes in his life"? Would it be correct to use the zero article here?