- the act of beating, whipping, or thrashing: a series of unsolved bashings and robberies.
- a decisive defeat: We gave the visiting team a good bashing.
- (used in combination)
- unprovoked physical assaults against members of a specified group: gay-bashing.
- verbal abuse, as of a group or a nation: feminist-bashing; China-bashing.
Origin of bashing
- 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
Related Wordsassault, attack, censure, charge, torment, strike, beating, hounding, condemnation, criticism, harassment, offensive, persecution, denigration
Examples from the Web for bashing
Bashing commercialism at a commercial gathering would be ridiculous.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art
December 6, 2014
Johnson also accused Tea Party groups of bashing the GOP establishment to raise money.Conservative Senator Kicks Tea Party to the Curb
May 31, 2014
Armed police streamed inside, bashing and damaging everything in sight, videotaping all the while.‘Happy’ Dancers Arrested, Abused in Iran
May 21, 2014
At risk of appearing un-American by not bashing everything Russian, know this: No Olympics are perfect.Imperfect Harmony: Sochi Ain’t All That Bad
February 10, 2014
Bashing the education system is a great way to make a buck in America.Can Higher Education Really Save Our Humanity?
February 1, 2014
Troth, and I've had a bashing once afore, and what I've had once I can do with agin.
Then a bashing, as you call it, would not frighten you from committing a crime?
In a second Harve had him tripped and thrown and was down on him bashing in his face for him.Back Home
Irvin S. Cobb
Bashing her dolls' heads was, with this baby, a preliminary to loving them.
But as you say, what's been done can't be remedied by bashing in a man's head.Parrot & Co.
- (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 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."
"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.