ok, so

hang something ↔ out to hang clothes outside in order to dry them

My job was to hang out the washing.

Hang the wet things out to dry.

But if it's starting to rain, then we say:

"It's starting to rain, let's bring the washing in" or "It's starting to rain, let's take the washing in"?

This website says most people say: bring the washing in

However, bring shows movement toward the speaker, but take shows movement away from the speaker.

Eg, Please take the baby from her bed and bring her to me.

So, say "bring or take the washing in", some may say "get the washing in" then we don't worry about bring or take.


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If you are in the house, looking at the washing line, you are going to (the line to) bring the washing back into the house.

If you are at the line, you are going to take the washing from the line back to the house.

Here, the bring and take relate to the house, not to the person who is fetching / bringing / getting / taking in the washing.

The other consideration is that expressions such as we need to take the washing in are often used in the own right rather than with reference to the person or place involved.

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