bash about

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

bash about (third-person singular simple present bashes about, present participle bashing about, simple past and past participle bashed about)

  1. (informal, transitive) 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.