bash

verb
\ˈbash \
bashed; bashing; bashes

Definition of bash 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strike violently : hit also : to injure or damage by striking : smash often used with in

2 : to attack physically or verbally media bashing celebrity bashing

bash away
British, informal

: to work hard at something That is exactly what I tell myself as I bash away in the gym …— Jay Rayner

bash on
British, informal

: to continue to work at something : carry on … I'm a lot less sure about what I'm meant to be, or do, in a time of undeniable middle age. I guess I will just bash on as ever, and hope I don't appear too ridiculous as I do so.— Becky Sheaves

bash out
British, informal

: to produce (something) quickly : bang out Three years ago Piaggio disappointed enthusiasts by axing the retro Vespa's production. But Indian company LML continued to bash out copies that flew out of the dealers, especially in Italy …— Harriet Ridley

bash up
chiefly British, informal

: to attack (someone) physically : to hit (someone) repeatedly Umpires being lampooned or even bashed up [=beaten up] in schools, college and league cricket is hardly rare.— Ayaz Memon

bash

noun

Definition of bash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a forceful blow

2 : a festive social gathering : party

3 chiefly British : try, attempt have a bash at it

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Other Words from bash

Verb

basher noun

Examples of bash in a Sentence

Verb

I bashed my arm against the door. Someone bashed him over the head with a chair. They tried to bash the door open.

Noun

We threw her a birthday bash. She gave me a bash on the head.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tim Cook defends Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus Apple takes billions of dollars for Google and then bashes it for its approach to user privacy. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 The theory has been poked and prodded, bashed and battered since it was first proposed in the 1950s, but all variations share the belief that deflation is a result of economic slack. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Why Central Bankers Missed the Crisis," 16 Nov. 2018 About 150 people arrived at a protest in Long Island City, where local speakers took turns bashing the deal. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Politicians and protestors are looking for ways to stop Amazon’s New York HQ2," 14 Nov. 2018 How domestic politics could feed into Bolsonaro’s foreign policy Bolsonaro has bashed the United Nations. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Decoding Bolsonaro’s “make Brazil great” foreign policy," 31 Oct. 2018 Not to mention that President Donald Trump can’t stop bashing the league for players taking a knee to protest black death during the national anthem. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "Outgoing Carolina Panthers Owner Hit With Light Fine by the NFL for Being an Insufferable Sexual Miscreant," 29 June 2018 The 11 cars went full throttle, banging and bashing their cars against one another. Mykal Mceldowney, Indianapolis Star, "'It's a big rush': The risks and rewards of demolition derby," 25 June 2018 On Twitter, that pride is manifesting itself, partially, in the age-old (since the 1980s at least) tradition of bashing the word soccer. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Why Do Americans Call It Soccer Instead of Football? Blame England," 11 July 2018 The offense bailed him by bashing seven home runs, but the performance still rankled Hill. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Rockies stifle Dodgers' bats despite solid outing from pitcher Rich Hill in 3-1 loss," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The singer and his parents flew from the U.S. to India on Thursday to bring the party to the engagement bash hosted by Priyanka’s family, and on Saturday the couple indulged in a sweet, DIY photoshoot to announce their happy news to the world. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Visited an Orphanage," 20 Aug. 2018 In one composite image, Kylie throws a massive birthday bash with four other versions of hersrelf—and seems to be having the time of her life. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Posts 5 Outfits Ahead of the Birthday Collection," 6 Aug. 2018 Thanks to her family and friends, the singer had a big bash to celebrate her 25th birthday. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Relationship," 6 July 2018 For the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway, Tok is throwing an all-out holiday bash complete with food, booths, contests, displays and their classic parade down the historic roadway. Yoshina Okamoto, Anchorage Daily News, "Fireworks and festivals: Here’s what’s happening across Alaska for Fourth of July, 2018," 29 June 2018 From ribfests to smokeouts and block parties, there's a barbecue battle or bash for you this spring and summer — and a few with beer or bourbon pairings. Ashley Day, USA TODAY, "America's annual barbecue festivals," 7 May 2018 Allison, played by Vinessa Shaw, went totally glam for the bash: Eat your heart out, Max. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See What The Cast Of Hocus Pocus Looks Like Today," 8 Oct. 2018 Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells head the ensemble of Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play about gay New Yorkers gathering for a birthday bash where the barbs flow as freely as the booze. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Boys in the Band': Theater Review," 1 June 2018 Old Sacramento will instead host 12 cover bands for a weekend bash called Echo Fest, with tickets available online for $28 per day or $48 for both Saturday and Sunday. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Here's what not to do in Sacramento over Memorial Day weekend," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of bash

Verb

1744, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1805, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bash

Verb

origin unknown

Noun

noun derivative of bash entry 1

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bash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cause or allow (something, such as part of your body) to hit something very hard or forcefully

: to hit (someone or something) very hard or forcefully

: to hurt or damage (something) by hitting or beating

bash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a big or exciting party

: a hard and powerful hit or blow

bash

verb
\ˈbash \
bashed; bashing

Kids Definition of bash

: to hit hard

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