He was talking quietly and without rancor, but he had a vibe like a basher.
Louie and the other "basher" started toward him, but stopped at a gesture from "Slim."
With a sweep of his arm the "basher" crashed a black-jack against his skull.
The "basher" swung up from the hip with his right arm, aiming for John's face.
John threw the chair at the "basher" before him and dashed to the other side of the room.
In the former route, basher is given as only three hours from Kuka.
"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."