bash

verb
\ ˈbash How to pronounce bash (audio) \
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 Powell’s comments came 24 hours after Trump bashed the Fed for not slashing interest rates more. BostonGlobe.com, "The last time the Fed cut rates to zero was during the Great Recession, and it has never adopted negative rates, even during the 1930s when one-quarter of the labor force was idle.," 14 Nov. 2019 Trump bashed cities like Chicago for their sanctuary city status that prevents police officers from inquiring about an individual’s immigration status or from referring individuals to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Wounded Chicago cop mentioned in President Donald Trump’s pro-police speech: ‘I loved it’," 28 Oct. 2019 Fisi’ihoi bashed over for the first in the 17th minute. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tonga gets its win at RWC, beats US 31-19," 13 Oct. 2019 And the conservative memes kept coming, including many celebrating the president and bashing his potential Democratic opponents for re-election. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "A popular Facebook page, ‘Vets for Trump,’ seemed to be a place for former military. But for months, Macedonians controlled it.," 17 Sep. 2019 Yet all the terrifying taskmasters bashing me over the head with Strunk and White appear to have died off. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Semantic Drift," 22 July 2019 Photos of the aftermath show the black convertible wrapped around a utility pole with the passenger side bashed into the unoccupied seating area. Fox News, "California teen crashes car 6 hours after getting license," 2 Nov. 2019 But getting your body bashed in a losing effort every week? Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: On further review, Dolphins’ trade of Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers still makes little sense | Commentary," 27 Oct. 2019 Workers here have seen turtles with balloons lodged in their intestines, turtles with flippers broken after getting caught in fishing nets, a turtle bashed in the head and tossed off a boat. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are surviving—despite us," 20 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prince Andrew's 60th birthday bash has apparently been canceled by Queen Elizabeth. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Has Canceled Prince Andrew's 60th Birthday Party," 24 Nov. 2019 Everything in This Slideshow The birthday bash took place at Tribeca 360°, a sprawling event space in New York City. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "RHONJ: Inside Melissa Gorga's Extravagant 40th Birthday Party," 21 Nov. 2019 But getting into Tuesday’s birthday bash for Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. requires the one gift every politician is always asking for: campaign cash. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County Executive Olszewski, other politicians use birthdays to score favorite gift: campaign cash," 8 Sep. 2019 The birthday bash started in 2008 and has morphed into a July 7 tradition. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Meet a Beatle — if you buy Ringo Starr's artwork from Oakland County Gallery," 12 July 2019 Kylie Jenner loves a good theme party, but her latest endeavor has fans raising their eyebrows: a Handmaid’s Tale birthday bash for her BFF Stassi Karanikolaou. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Threw a "Handmaid's Tale" Birthday Party and Fans Are Not Happy," 9 June 2019 The fourth annual Illumination bash features an open bar, interactive light sculptures, DJs and treats. Samantha Nelson, chicagotribune.com, "23 ways to celebrate Halloween in Chicago and the suburbs," 25 Oct. 2019 This costume bash features a toddler room, donut decorating, mini pumpkin decorating, performances, lunch, character meet and greets, and more. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Fun things to do with the kids this weekend: festivals, Halloween, cupcakes," 15 Oct. 2019 Clutch Brewing Company is turning one, and to celebrate, the brewery in Keg and Case West 7th Market is throwing a Halloween bash. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Fall food and drink events ring in the harvest, Halloween and more," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

8 Dec 2019

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“Bash.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bash%20on. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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bash

verb
How to pronounce bash (audio)

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 How to pronounce bash (audio) \
bashed; bashing

Kids Definition of bash

: to hit hard

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