Word of the Day : April 4, 2016

mash

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noun MASH

Definition

: an intense and usually passing infatuation; also : the object of infatuation

Did You Know?

Those shot by Cupid's arrow know that love can spur a desire to hold one's beloved tightly and never let go. Perhaps that embracing feeling of love is why mash, originally a word for an act of squeezing and crushing, became a term for an intense infatuation, or the object of it, in 1870. The more popular crush showed its loving side in 1884, and main squeeze had begun crossing the lips of sweethearts by 1926. Mash itself is not widely used today, but the compound mash note, referring to a love letter, has enjoyed many happy years since its union in 1890.


Examples

You'd think Henry had a mash on Sylvia from the way he lights up whenever she walks into the room.

"We would use the expression, 'The lady has a mash on you,' and then we would poke our chests 'way out as if we were pretty important." — Louis Armstrong, Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans, 1954



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