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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.

  1. a reworking of old and familiar material: This essay is a hash of several earlier and better works.

  2. Computers.

  3. Radio and Television Slang. electrical noise on an analog radio or, appearing as snow, in an analog 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.

  1. 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.

Idioms about hash

  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 stop, silence, or subdue: If she keeps badmouthing me, I'm going to have to settle her hash.

Origin of hash

First recorded in 1645–55; from French hacher “to cut up,” derivative of hache “ax,” see hatchet

Other words for hash

Other words from hash

  • un·hashed, adjective

Words Nearby hash

Other definitions for hash (2 of 2)

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Origin of hash

By shortening

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How to use hash in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hash (1 of 3)


/ (hæʃ) /

  1. a dish of diced cooked meat, vegetables, etc, reheated in a sauce

  2. something mixed up

  1. a reuse or rework of old material

  2. make a hash of informal

    • to mix or mess up

    • to defeat or destroy

  3. settle someone's hash or fix someone's hash informal to subdue or silence someone

  1. to chop into small pieces

  2. to mix or mess up

Origin of hash

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

British Dictionary definitions for hash (2 of 3)


/ (hæʃ) /

  1. slang short for hashish

British Dictionary definitions for hash (3 of 3)


hash mark

/ (hæʃ) /

  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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Other 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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