- to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
- Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.
- a crushing blow.
- Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.
- have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
- on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.
Origin of bash
Examples from the Web for bash
For weeks preceding the bash, Hitch refuses to have anything to do with it.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Just look at the rhetoric used by angry 1970s rock fans to bash disco.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
Rapper The Game was also in attendance at that bash, as well as Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphy, and Paris Hilton, among others.New Details Emerge in Suge Knight Shooting at Chris Brown's Pre-VMAs Party on the Sunset Strip
August 25, 2014
For my part, I now decline to bash my head against that particular wall any longer.Anti-Vaxxers Will Fuel the Next Pandemic
May 7, 2014
The result, Chasens, was renowned for that dish and was the site of the post-Oscars bash for years.The Rise of the Malibu Movie Colony
April 29, 2014
With this he stalked off, and I could not run after him to bash his head, because what he said was perfectly true.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Our men of course used to return the compliment from the Bash Tabiya.Under the Red Crescent
Charles S. Ryan
Is it true that you French have an Indian scout here who can bash in those Minenwerfers?Gladiator
And a bash on the nob with a batton is not my idea of a spree.
I had to bash the lock of the door to the main tunnel with it.Dorothy Dixon and the Mystery Plane
- (tr) to strike violently or crushingly
- (tr; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blowto bash a door down
- (intr foll by into) to crash (into); collide (with)to bash into a lamppost
- to dent or be dentedthis tin is bashed; this cover won't bash easily
- a heavy blow, as from a fist
- a dent; indentation
- a party
- have a bash informal to make an attempt
Word Origin and History for bash
"to strike violently," 1640s, perhaps of Scandinavian origin, from Old Norse *basca "to strike" (cf. Swedish basa "to baste, whip, flog, lash," Danish baske "to beat, strike, cudgel"); or the whole group might be independently derived and echoic. Figurative sense of "abuse verbally or in writing" is from 1948. Related: Bashed; bashing.
"a heavy blow," 1805, from bash (v.). Meaning "an attempt" is attested by 1948. On a bash "on a drunken spree" is slang from 1901, which gave the word its sense of "party."