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transitive verb

[with object] informal
  • 1Strike hard and violently.

    • ‘they bashed him over the head with a blunt object’
    • ‘the car's rear window had been bashed in’
    • ‘I had forgot how much fun bashing the drums really hard is.’
    • ‘At the moment the keys on the piano are bashed rather hard.’
    • ‘Keep your eye on these hooks: sometimes even their incredibly sharp points can bend over when the current bashes them against hard rocks.’
    • ‘I never got bashed about there like I do down here.’
    • ‘Hex slowly emerged from his car and had apparently bashed his head hard against the steering wheel, for his head was bleeding.’
    • ‘When I came to I saw that I had bashed the guy pretty hard, at one glance I could see that I had broken his jaw.’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the pegs turn out to be a bit too square and the holes too round, then the harder you try to bash the one into the other, the more you'll end up just making a mess.’
    • ‘‘Well, you did scream it at him as you attempted to throttle him while bashing his head into hard concrete,’ Jay told me, grinning.’
    • ‘Even from across the busy road, I could see that each convulsion jerked his body, stretched out dangerously in the traffic, and caused his head to bash against the hard tarmac, grazing it.’
    • ‘He grinned as he wrapped his arms around her - that stopped mid-way when he felt a hard broom bashed at the back of his head.’
    • ‘The men we've interviewed from Bexley say they were beaten and bashed by officers in the home, do you accept that this did take place?’
    • ‘So perhaps we should bash them, but just not too hard.’
    • ‘Pretty sad, in a way, because like most frustrated men - it was quite common - he used to beat her, bash her, right?’
    • ‘I slammed it again, much harder, and suddenly I'm bashing my wrist against the corner of the wall with all my strength, quickly and repeatedly.’
    • ‘The sudden lurch of the car caused Kirsten to fly forward violently in her seat, bashing her leg off the dashboard.’
    • ‘While he was preoccupied, I took the rocks out of my pocket, one in each hand, and bashed them on each side of his head as hard as I could.’
    • ‘Tasson bashed Shein's head with his fist, hard enough that Shein fell over unconscious.’
    • ‘A chunk of carrot fell onto the Locum's head as, raising it in the air, I brought it down as hard as I could and bashed the toy to pieces.’
    • ‘Hard drives don't like being bashed around in bags or boots of cars, so be very careful with this baby.’
    • ‘She screamed at the top of her lungs and bashed her head into the pillar as hard as she could.’
    strike, hit, beat, thump, slap, smack, batter, pound, pummel, thrash, rap, buffet, hammer, bang, knock
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    1. 1.1Criticize severely.
      ‘a remark bashing the Belgian brewing industry’
      • ‘Critics also bashed the law for limiting access to information and privacy.’
      • ‘Critics who bash such films as Happy Times as being heavy-handed misinterpret the key differences between Eastern and Western cinema.’
      • ‘The critics who bash Harrington the most tend to overlook the problems Detroit has had with its passing game since his arrival.’
      • ‘At the same time, Bush's remarks were bashed by scientists and advocates for the separation of church and state.’
      • ‘So Peter Beinart is the New Republic editor who is getting beat on by Michelle Malkin for remarks he made bashing a bunch of talk radio guys going to Iraq.’
      • ‘If Metallica's Lars Ulrich paused from bashing Napster to cogently denounce the Iraq war - as Wino has capably done - we would revise our opinion of the man.’
      • ‘Wendy was busy inventing new insults with which to bash Nats.’
      • ‘I expect I'll see his writings on the topic about the same time that he links to one of the critics who have disagreed with his posts bashing Kass and the Council.’
      • ‘The source said Mr Mandelson had been referring to Mr Chirac when he criticised the tactic of ‘constantly bashing Brussels’.’
      • ‘There's nothing the London theatre critics like more than to bash Edinburgh's hyped-up hits once they reach the southern capital.’
      • ‘For the past ten minutes of lunch, he'd been indiscriminately bashing anything worth insulting, and he'd made even the more conservative among us laugh.’
      • ‘Yet even knee deep in slush, Kelly soldiers on, bashing errant boyfriends, railing against the media machine and tapping an expansive geyser of teenage venom.’
      • ‘This success has caused Sun to put more and more emphasis on services - a strategy it had typically shied away from, preferring to bash IBM's services attack instead.’
      • ‘A mysterious Internet Web site suddenly appeared, replete with altered newspaper headlines bashing Gardner and other union critics who were running for the board.’
      • ‘U.S. efforts to bash Beijing reveal a remarkable ignorance about economics.’
      • ‘Although not a lawyer himself, he's made a remarkable career out of bashing the profession.’
      • ‘Just as academe got bashed for appropriating jazz, this show will face criticism for its heady approach.’
      • ‘I for one, am hoping to see better posts, less attacks and bashing and more concerns for the topic matter.’
      vilify, disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, impugn, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak badly of, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambast
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/baSH/ /bæʃ/


  • 1A heavy blow.

    • ‘a bash on the head’
    • ‘Her head hit the pavement with a muffled bash, and she was knocked unconscious.’
    • ‘The oaf wouldn't know the difference between a crotchet, a quaver, and a bash in the chops with a bassoon.’
    • ‘His reward was a bash in the head with the butt of a gun.’
    blow, rap, hit, knock, bang, slap, crack, thump, tap, clip
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  • 2A party or social event.

    • ‘a birthday bash’
    • ‘New York Social Diary is your link to the parties, events, openings, launches, shindigs, bashes, and general social whirlwind that is the East Coast social scene.’
    • ‘The event was a birthday bash for KIK Corp. supremo and new Toronto Argonauts owner David Cynamon, who chartered the Air Canada jet.’
    • ‘My birthday party was a joint bash with a good friend from College, the English Civil War Historian.’
    • ‘As well as great music and dance the birthday bash will feature a yummy supper, raffles, lucky door prizes and other activities.’
    • ‘Two well known locals last week celebrated with a birthday bash.’
    • ‘A grand bash to celebrate his birthday was held in a posh hotel only five days earlier.’
    • ‘He has done it all, from corporate bashes to wild parties and from product launches to music shows.’
    • ‘ShowBiz Ireland would like to wish Ray a Happy 30th and thank all of you who attended and help make the party the bash of the year…’
    • ‘Of course in my case I only let some party people know that a couple of us were having a pre party party before the main bash.’
    • ‘Her family and friends, along with staff at St. Joseph's, had a right old party bash celebrating the occasion.’
    • ‘But doesn't opening up the Lord Mayor's official residence for corporate bashes smack slightly of commercialism?’
    • ‘Matty Graham's New Year's Eve was ruined after he was dealt a sucker punch during a beer-fuelled bash.’
    • ‘Glenn, 58, whose 18-year-old daughter wants to act, also says she felt uncomfortable attending star-studded bashes like the Oscars because of the pressure to look good.’
    • ‘The ‘American Pie’ beauty - who is frequently snapped at star-studded bashes - claims she prefers spending time with people outside the movie industry.’
    • ‘Last-minute vacations, end-of-season backyard bashes and back-to-school prep time are keeping you mighty busy.’
    • ‘The party in 2001 was not held due to a committee restructure, and is the only year in the last 17 years that Tropical Fruits have not held their annual bash.’
    • ‘All the food I made for her bash was Californian and I tried to create a layered ‘California Roll Salad’ with fresh crab meat, avocado and seaweed.’
    • ‘This bash is being held this weekend as it is close to the 20th anniversary of the football team's first ‘European tour’ to Lloret De Mar in Spain.’
    • ‘Green, who chartered a plane for all 200 guests, is no stranger to hiring top stars to perform at his bashes.’
    • ‘While a certain level of high spirits is expected at these bashes, it is considered bad form to become overly tired and emotional.’
    party, gathering, social gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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/baSH/ /bæʃ/

Phrasal Verbs

    bash away
    British informal
    • Continue despite difficulties.

      • ‘if you've been bashing away at a project for too long, you can't see the forest for the trees’
      • ‘nothing much we can do, except bash on’
    bash into
    • bash into somethingCollide with something.

      • ‘the other vehicle bashed into the back of them’
    bash out
    • bash something out, bash out somethingProduce something rapidly without preparation or attention to detail.

      • ‘I didn't just want to bash out songs’
      • ‘I used to bash them out on a manual typewriter, photocopy them and distribute.’
      • ‘No time wasted with string sections or French-horn charts here - once Roberts has the song in his head, he just wants to bash it out.’
      • ‘As far as melodies and lyrics are concerned, I think Andy was happy for me to bash things out and then give an opinion or advice on how things might progress, which was important.’
      • ‘Then again, it's just as great to be The Rolling Stones and go into a room and bash it out.’
      • ‘However its a good idea to bash them out yourself, it allows you to experiment quickly and cheaply, testing out different versions of how a scene may look and play on camera.’
    bash up
    • 1bash something up, bash up somethingmainly British informal Damage something.

      • ‘I was getting my face bashed up on the rugby field every week’
      • ‘she fell during a run and bashed up her knee’
      1. 1.1bash someone up, bash up someoneInjure someone by striking them repeatedly.
        • ‘they dragged the student out of his car and bashed him up’


Mid 17th century (as a verb): imitative, perhaps a blend of bang and smash, dash, etc..