Idioms

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

Origin of dash

1
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English dasshen, perhaps < Old Norse; compare Danish daske slap, flap, Swedish daska; (noun) Middle English: blow, clash, derivative of the v.
SYNONYMS FOR dash
10 dart, bolt. See rush1.
11 pinch, bit; touch.
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British Dictionary definitions for dash off (1 of 3)

dash

1
/ (dæʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for dash

Middle English dasche, dasse

British Dictionary definitions for dash off (2 of 3)

dash

2
/ (dæʃ) /

interjection

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

British Dictionary definitions for dash off (3 of 3)

dash

3
/ (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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Culture definitions for dash off

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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Idioms and Phrases with dash off

dash off


1

Write or sketch hastily, as in I'm just going to dash off a letter. [Early 1700s]

2

Hurry away, depart hastily, as in He dashed off as though he was being chased. This usage employs the verb dash in the sense of “impetuously run” or “rush,” a usage dating from about 1300.

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