verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

hash over, to bring up again for consideration; discuss, especially in review: At the class reunion they hashed over their college days.


    make a hash of, to spoil or botch: The new writer made a hash of his first assignment.
    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

Synonyms for hash

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British Dictionary definitions for settle someone's hash




a dish of diced cooked meat, vegetables, etc, reheated in a sauce
something mixed up
a reuse or rework of old material
make a hash of informal
  1. to mix or mess up
  2. to defeat or destroy
settle someone's hash or fix someone's hash informal to subdue or silence someone

verb (tr)

to chop into small pieces
to mix or mess up

Word Origin for hash

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




slang short for hashish



hash mark


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



short for hashish, 1959.



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



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).

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settle someone's hash in Medicine




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Idioms and Phrases with settle someone's hash

settle someone's hash

Subdue or get rid of someone, deal with a troublemaker, as in If John starts another argument we know just how to settle his hash. This term, dating from about 1800, uses hash in the sense of “a mess.”


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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