From Middle English *basshen, *basken, likely from Old Norse *baska (“to strike”), akin to Swedish basa (“to baste, whip, lash, flog”), Danish baske (“to beat, strike, cudgel”), German patschen (“to slap”).
- (informal) To strike heavily.
- The thugs kept bashing the cowering victim.
- If the engine won't start, bash it with this hammer.
- 1951, C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
- It isn't the creature's fault that it bashed its head against a tree outside our hole.
- (informal) To collide; used with into or together.
- Don't bash into me with that shopping trolley.
- 1998, Katharine Payne, Silent Thunder (page 74)
- The bulls backed apart and ran together, tusks clashing — Ed held his trunk down while Conrad curled his high over his head, out of the way of Ed's tusks as the faces bashed together.
- (transitive, informal) To criticize harshly.
- He bashed my ideas.
- 1994, Nixon, Richard, “America Beyond Peace”, in Beyond Peace, New York: Random House, →ISBN, page 236:
- The entertainment industry, the artistic community, and much of the educational establishment, which so profoundly influence American culture, relentlessly assault religion, promote promiscuity, encourage illegitimacy, and bash America.
- 2020 February 16, Sonia Sodha, “Politicians should stop bashing the rich… most of us just don’t agree”, in The Observer:
- This is consistent with new research about to be published by Tax Justice UK that found that, when making the case for a more progressive tax system, bashing the wealthy resonated far less well with voters than specific arguments about closing loopholes and increasing particular taxes.
- → German: bashen
bash (plural bashes)
- (informal) A forceful blow or impact.
- He got a bash on the head.
- (informal) A large party; a gala event.
- They had a big bash to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
- 2022 November 30, Paul Bigland, “Destination Oban: a Sunday in Scotland”, in RAIL, number 971, page 74:
- The party level ramps up at Thornaby, where a gaggle of women on a 50th birthday bash join us.
- (UK, informal) An attempt at doing something.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bash in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913)
bash (past participle bãshatã)
- Alternative form of
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 25