bash

[bash]

verb (used with object)

to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.

noun

a crushing blow.
Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.

Idioms

    have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
    on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.

Origin of bash

First recorded in 1635–45; perhaps of expressive origin
Related formsbash·er, noun
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bash

verb

(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

noun

a heavy blow, as from a fist
a dent; indentation
a party
have a bash informal to make an attempt
See also bash up

Word Origin for bash

C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bashed

bash

n.

"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."

bash

v.

"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.

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