- to engage in a form of frenzied, violent dancing; slam-dance.
Origin of mosh
1980–85; perhaps variant of mash1
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Examples from the Web for mosh
“I see a mosh pit forming right here,” Beck said as he pointed at the people right in front of him.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party.
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“There are ways to respond and contrast without remaining in the mosh pit,” she said.Can Newt Gingrich Win GOP Nomination Without Women?
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You sall eat all as mosh as you vish, and drink more as you vish, but you cannot go avay.Cormorant Crag
George Manville Fenn
Will you be able to reach Peatra by the evening, Mosh Nichifor.
“I am afraid of the wolf, Mosh Nichifor,” said Malca, shaking.
“I hear, Mosh Nichifor,” replied Malca, trembling and frightened.
You must be satisfied with nine shillings, Mosh Nichifor, and my son will give you a tip when you get to Peatra.
- a type of dance, performed to loud rock music, in which people throw themselves about in a frantic and violent manner
- (intr) to dance in this manner
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for mosh
"to dance (with a certain amount of violence) to metal music in a tightly packed arena," 1987, perhaps a variant of mash. Related: Mosh pit.
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