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[bash] /bæʃ/
verb (used with object)
to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.
a crushing blow.
Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.
have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.
Origin of bash
1635-45; perhaps alteration of pash1
Related forms
basher, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bash
  • Maybe those left behind even had a second farewell party, a blowout bash with better champagne.
  • Tidal surges and currents can bash a diver's head against a steel platform.
  • Political rivals grabbed a tempting stick with which to bash his derided government.
  • Why don't you go to a country without real freedoms and then maybe you can have a reason to bash.
  • In relating this information, it is not my intent to bash those with credentials.
  • Software firms prefer to bash out code and then try to catch as many bugs as possible while racing to ship the product.
  • The frame options are fun and you can drop it, bash it and throw it and it won't break.
  • Whether the leaders of this multipolar world will rub along or bash elbows remains to be seen.
  • No reason not to bash him for what he did of course.
  • For those looking to bash the multi-billion dollar aid industry, it is an appealing thesis.
British Dictionary definitions for bash


(transitive) to strike violently or crushingly
(transitive; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blow: to bash a door down
(intransitive) foll by into. to crash (into); collide (with): to bash into a lamppost
to dent or be dented: this tin is bashed, this cover won't bash easily
a heavy blow, as from a fist
a dent; indentation
a party
(informal) have a bash, to make an attempt
See also bash up
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bash

"to strike violently," 1640s, perhaps of Scandinavian origin, from Old Norse *basca "to strike" (cf. Swedish basa "to baste, whip, flog, lash," Danish baske "to beat, strike, cudgel"); or the whole group might be independently derived and echoic. Figurative sense of "abuse verbally or in writing" is from 1948. Related: Bashed; bashing.


"a heavy blow," 1805, from bash (v.). Meaning "an attempt" is attested by 1948. On a bash "on a drunken spree" is slang from 1901, which gave the word its sense of "party."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bash


  1. A party, esp a good, exciting one: Her little soiree turned into a real bash (1940s+)
  2. An attempt; crack, whack: Let's have a bash at moving this thing (1940s+ British)
  1. To hit; clobber, sock (1860s+)
  2. To criticize, esp destructively: bashing Google more than Microsoft now

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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bash in Technology

Bourne Again SHell. GNU's command interpreter for Unix. Bash is a Posix-compatible shell with full Bourne shell syntax, and some C shell commands built in. The Bourne Again Shell supports Emacs-style command-line editing, job control, functions, and on-line help. Written by Brian Fox of UCSB.
The latest version is 1.14.1. It includes a yacc parser, the interpreter and documentation.
( or from a GNU archive site. E-mail: . Usenet newsgroup: news:gnu.bash.bug.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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