bash about

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to bash about (phrasal verb)

  1. To physically damage something or assault someone
  • 1987, E. Ann Kaplan, Rocking Around the Clock, page 61:
    Deafening sounds drive out the words, and the performers leap violently about the stage, often bashing about their instruments and microphones.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In all senses the object may appear before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must be before the particle.