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  1. a dish of diced or chopped meat and often vegetables, as of leftover corned beef or veal and potatoes, sautéed in a frying pan or of meat, potatoes, and carrots cooked together in gravy.
  2. a mess, jumble, or muddle: a hash of unorganized facts and figures.
  3. a reworking of old and familiar material: This essay is a hash of several earlier and better works.
  4. Computers. garbage(def 7).
  5. Radio and Television Slang. electrical noise on a radio or snow in a television picture caused by interfering outside sources that generate sparking.
verb (used with object)
  1. to chop into small pieces; make into hash; mince.
  2. to muddle or mess up: We thought we knew our parts, but when the play began we hashed the whole thing.
  3. to discuss or review (something) thoroughly (often followed by out): They hashed out every aspect of the issue.
Verb Phrases
  1. hash over, to bring up again for consideration; discuss, especially in review: At the class reunion they hashed over their college days.
  1. make a hash of, to spoil or botch: The new writer made a hash of his first assignment.
  2. settle someone's hash, Informal. to get rid of; subdue: Her blunt reply really settled my hash.

Origin of hash

1645–55; < French hacher to cut up, derivative of hache ax, hatchet
Related formsun·hashed, adjective

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noun Slang.
  1. hashish.

Origin of hash

by shortening
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British Dictionary definitions for hash


  1. a dish of diced cooked meat, vegetables, etc, reheated in a sauce
  2. something mixed up
  3. a reuse or rework of old material
  4. make a hash of informal
    1. to mix or mess up
    2. to defeat or destroy
  5. settle someone's hash or fix someone's hash informal to subdue or silence someone
verb (tr)
  1. to chop into small pieces
  2. to mix or mess up

Word Origin for hash

C17: from Old French hacher to chop up, from hache hatchet


  1. slang short for hashish



hash mark

  1. the character (#) used to precede a number
  2. this sign used in printing or writing to indicate that a space should be inserted
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Word Origin and History for hash

1650s, "to hack, chop into small pieces," from French hacher "chop up," from Old French hache "ax" (see hatchet). Hash browns is short for hash browned potatoes (1917), with the -ed omitted, as in mash potatoes. The hash marks on a football field were so called 1960s, from similarity to hash marks, armed forces slang for "service stripes on the sleeve of a military uniform" (1909), which supposedly were called that because they mark the number of years one has had free food (hash (n.1)) from the Army; but perhaps there is a connection with the noun form of hatch (v.2).


short for hashish, 1959.


"a stew," 1660s, from hash (v.). Meaning "a mix, a mess" is from 1735.

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hash in Medicine


  1. Hashish.
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Idioms and Phrases with hash


In addition to the idiom beginning with hash

  • hash over

also see:

  • make a hash of
  • settle someone's hash
  • sling hash
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