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

In the sweeping motion for dismissal of the suits, MSU's law team repeatedly bashed the survivors' legal arguments, saying there was nothing those survivors said that rose to any liability from the university. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "MSU: Nassar deserved criminal penalties, but we can't be held liable for his sexual assaults," 27 Aug. 2019 There was no lack of Trump-bashing from the 20 candidates who spoke to top Democratic activists who gathered in San Francisco for their three-day meeting that ended Saturday. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Democrats sounding less aspirational, more confrontational," 24 Aug. 2019 His girlfriend, an Idahoan named Krystal Lee Kenney, told investigators Frazee killed Berreth by wrapping a sweater around her head and bashing her with a baseball bat, according to testimony from an agent for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Emanuella Grinberg And Marlena Baldacci, CNN, "Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty for Colorado man accused of killing his fiancée," 29 July 2019 But that hasn’t stopped the congressman from bashing Trump publicly. NBC News, "GOP Rep. Justin Amash, who backs impeachment, resigns from Freedom Caucus," 11 June 2019 Strong counterprogramming to the (shabby) complaint that there’s much monotonous, homogenous ball bashing in tennis. 18. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "2019 U.S. Open Seed Reports," 22 Aug. 2019 The cakes, actually, didn’t come out all that bad, even though Corden bashed all of them. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Nailed It host Nicole Byer judges James Corden's staff in hilarious baking challenge," 16 Aug. 2019 That childhood memory and others came to mind this week when President Trump engaged in another conservative ritual -- bashing Baltimore. John Blake, CNN, "What both the left and the right get wrong about my neighborhood in Baltimore," 3 Aug. 2019 Interesting side note: No actual ice dragons were available during production (bummer,) so sound engineers took turns bashing ice slabs with a hammer to create some of the frigid monster noises. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Here are the hottest video games to test drive at Comic-Con," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At a big birthday bash Saturday evening at the Plaza Club downtown, five cakes were set out for him and the guests. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "At 100, ex-POW still hears the ‘Screaming Mimis’," 5 Aug. 2019 The big birthday bash also includes the opportunity to take home some tokens of the milestone, with merchandise sold at a pop-up boutique set up by the La Grange Area Historical Society. Lynn Petrak, chicagotribune.com, "Petrak: La Grange to kick off 140th birthday celebrations," 26 July 2019 The new Apple store across the street from the convention center has hosted a few parties and some gatherings recently, including a U.S. women’s World Cup viewing in Mount Vernon Square, and its opening month festivities conclude with a big bash. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 27 June 2019 The birthday bash features Victorian lawn games such as croquet and badminton (weather permitting), fish feeding at nearby Peppersass Pond, cake and ice cream, an acoustic guitar performance by Michael Bloom, and fireworks. Kari Bodnarchuk, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 18 June 2019 Washington Given the long, rainy winters of the Pacific Northwest, the coming of the summer sun warrants a big bash. Anna Marlis Burgard, National Geographic, "This summer’s best island festivals in the U.S.," 12 June 2019 Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose In 2013, after son Sebastian was born, Wiz announced on Twitter that he and Rose had secretly married but were planning a big wedding bash for later in the year. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "11 Secret Music Marriages, From Cardi B & Offset to Beyonce & JAY-Z," 26 June 2018 The agencies have previously canceled pre-awards bashes for different reasons. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Agencies Sitting Out Emmy Parties Amid WGA-ATA Fight," 14 Aug. 2019 In Graham Costello’s collective, Strata, anything goes—from discordant bashes of the keys to muted strings. G.k. | Glasgow And Edinburgh, The Economist, "A young Scottish pianist marries folk with jazz," 9 Aug. 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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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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