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WHO SAID IT: A QUIZ ON PRESIDENTIAL WIT AND WISDOM

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Question 1 of 9
“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”

Idioms for dash

    cut a dash, to make a striking impression; be ostentatious or showy.

Origin of dash

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; (verb) Middle English dasshen, perhaps from Old Norse; compare Danish daske “slap, flap,” Swedish daska; (noun) Middle English: “blow, clash,” derivative of the verb

synonym study for dash

10. See rush1.

Definition for dash (2 of 3)

dash2
[ dash ]
/ dæʃ /

verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

to damn (usually used as an interjection).

Origin of dash

2
1790–1800; euphemism based on d—n, printed form of damn

Definition for dash (3 of 3)

dash3
[ dash ]
/ dæʃ /
(in West Africa)

noun

a tip, bribe, or recompense.

verb (used with object)

to give a tip or bribe to (especially a government employee).

Origin of dash

3
1780–1790; perhaps first recorded in Dutch as dache, dasche (1602); origin uncertain, but often alleged to be <Portuguese das (you) give (2nd singular present indicative of dar to give)
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British Dictionary definitions for dash (1 of 3)

dash1
/ (dæʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for dash

Middle English dasche, dasse

British Dictionary definitions for dash (2 of 3)

dash2
/ (dæʃ) /

interjection

informal a euphemistic word for damn (def. 1), damn (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for dash (3 of 3)

dash3
/ (dæʃ) Western African /

noun

a gift, commission, tip, or bribe

verb

to give (a dash) to someone

Word Origin for dash

C16: perhaps from Fanti
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Cultural definitions for dash

dash

A punctuation mark (—) used to indicate a sudden break in thought, to set off parenthetical material, or to take the place of such expressions as that is and namely: “He's running for reelection — if he lives until then”; “Very few people in this class — three, to be exact — have completed their projects”; “She joined the chorus for only one reason — she loves to sing.” In the last example, where the parenthetical material comes at the end of the sentence rather than in the middle, a colon could be used instead of the dash.

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