Synonyms of dash in English:


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1‘he dashed straight home to see his father’

rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, hare, bound, fly, speed, streak, zoom, plunge, dive, whisk, scurry, scuttle, scamper, scramble
informal tear, belt, pelt, scoot, zap, zip, whip, step on it, get a move on, hotfoot it, go hell for leather, steam, put on some speed, go like a bat out of hell, burn rubber
British informal bomb, go like the clappers, bucket, put one's foot down, leg it
Scottish informal wheech
North American informal boogie, hightail it, clip, barrel, get the lead out
informal, dated cut along
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
literary fleet
archaic post, hie, haste


2‘he picked up the glass case and dashed it to the ground’

hurl, smash, crash, slam, throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl
informal chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung, yeet
North American informal peg
Australian informal hoy
New Zealand informal bish

3‘the wind and rain dashed against the thick stone walls’

be hurled, crash, smash
batter, strike, beat, pound, pummel, lash, slam into

4‘it was a 15-year-old newcomer who dashed her hopes for a third title’

shatter, destroy, wreck, ruin, crush, devastate, demolish, wreak havoc with, blast, blight, wipe out, overturn, torpedo, scotch, spoil, frustrate, thwart, balk, check
burst someone's bubble
informal put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, put paid to, queer
British informal scupper, dish
archaic bring to naught



1‘they made a dash for the door’

rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, leap, charge, plunge, dive, bound, break, scamper, scramble

2‘the soup needs a dash of salt’

small amount, touch, sprinkle, pinch, taste, lick, spot, drop, dab, speck, smack, smattering, sprinkling, splash, dribble, trickle, grain, soupçon, trace, bit, modicum, little, suggestion, suspicion, hint, scintilla, tinge, tincture, whiff, whisper, overtone, undertone, nuance, colouring
informal smidgen, tad


3‘he led the raids with such skill and dash’

verve, style, stylishness, flamboyance, gusto, zest, confidence, self-assurance, elan, flair, flourish, vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, sparkle, brio, panache, éclat, exuberance, ebullience, enthusiasm, eagerness, vitality, dynamism, animation, liveliness, spirit, energy
informal pizzazz, pep, oomph, vim, zing, get-up-and-go

ineptitude, apathy


    dash something off

    ‘I dashed off a note to Dave’

    scribble, write hurriedly, write untidily, write illegibly, scratch, scrawl, doodle, jot, jot down