- 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 bashes
Matthew Schmitz bashes Mumford and Sons over at First Things.Mumford and Sons: The Pinterest of Folk Music
October 1, 2012
Harry bashes into Camilla's umbrella, trademark cheeky grin flashed.Running Commentary from the Jubilee Pageant
June 3, 2012
Rubio bashes Crist at every opportunity while leaving Meek untouched.Charlie Crist's Race Card
September 27, 2010
Now alone, Bathurst threw himself down among the bashes in an attitude of utter depression.Rujub, the Juggler
G. A. Henty
- (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 bashes
"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."
"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.