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

As an entire city rejoiced over its latest bout of good fortune, Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly returned to the bench and bashed his stick against the railing. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 By aggressively pushing low-cost, reusable launch technologies, SpaceX has bashed down the traditional order. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 The robot wouldn't simply be mindlessly bashing through Europan ice. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice," 17 Dec. 2018 The clue lies in how Insider Build 18323, released Thursday evening, is defined as the release branch of Windows 10—a near-final, bug-bashing development stage. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 The Republican Party has not distanced itself from the rise of contemporary white nationalism — Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis spoke at a Muslim-bashing event alongside white nationalists Milo Yiannopoulos and Steve Bannon. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "The betrayal of white women voters: in pivotal state races, they still backed the GOP," 9 Nov. 2018 Oman Sean NelsonOman ExpeditionsHe knows the best climbing and canyoneering routes; the most exhilarating dune-bashing and quad-biking spots; and the perfect stretches of coast for surfing, diving, and sailing. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Knee-bashing reductions to legroom and elbow-crunching cuts to seat size are well-known tactics. Mary Schlangenstein, latimes.com, "Airline bathrooms are getting smaller — you’re not imagining it," 10 July 2018 Nationalist and anti-immigrant parties in Europe’s more socially liberal countries are trying to shed their old reputation for gay-bashing. The Economist, "Europe’s anti-immigrant parties are becoming more gay-friendly," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Here's all the details on the birthday bash of the year. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Detail You Missed at Kylie Jenner’s Daughter’s Outrageous First Birthday Party," 11 Feb. 2019 An end-of-an-era bash in the Hamptons in the summer of 1958, featuring a dance floor on pontoons and a special barge to carry jazz musicians (among them, artist Larry Rivers), sounds like more fun than anything imagined by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ann Landi, WSJ, "‘Ninth Street Women’ Review: Expressing Themselves," 20 Sep. 2018 Simmons also attended Kylie Jenner's epic 21st birthday bash a few weeks ago. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons' Relationship Is Reportedly Dying Down," 31 Aug. 2018 Kylie Jenner’s 21st birthday bash got a little out of hand on Thursday night. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Kylie Jenner's 21st bash shut down by cops; Instagram model wheeled out on stretcher," 11 Aug. 2018 Prince Charles attended an important 70th birthday bash in Wales on Thursday morning. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Charles Meets 'Elvis the Pelvis' During Hospital Visit in Wales, Charms the Staff," 5 July 2018 Saturday featured a bash at Hof’s Bunny Ranch bar and restaurant near Carson City, followed by a party at Hof’s northern Nevada home Sunday and the party in southern Nevada Monday night, Muth said. Michelle L. Price, The Seattle Times, "America’s most famous pimp, poised for elected office, dies," 16 Oct. 2018 During the financial crisis, American International Group came under public attack when details emerged about a bash at the tony St. Regis hotel in Dana Point, Calif. Craig Karmin, WSJ, "Owner of Luxury Hotels Is Looking for a Buyer After Years of Spurning Offers," 14 Aug. 2018 Ahead of her upcoming milestone birthday on July 6, The Real co-host was surprised by her husband, Fox News senior correspondent Adam Housley, with a birthday bash at a Napa winery on Saturday. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Tamera Mowry-Housley's Surprise 40th Birthday Bash at a Napa Winery," 26 June 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 How to pronounce bash (audio) \
bashed; bashing

Kids Definition of bash

: to hit hard

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