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bash

[bash] /bæʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strike with a crushing or smashing blow.
2.
Chiefly British, Canadian. to hurl harsh verbal abuse at.
noun
3.
a crushing blow.
4.
Informal. a thoroughly enjoyable, lively party.
Idioms
5.
have a bash (at), British. to attempt; make an attempt.
6.
on the bash, British. working as a prostitute.
Origin of bash
1635-1645
1635-45; perhaps alteration of pash1
Related forms
basher, noun
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  • He was talking quietly and without rancor, but he had a vibe like a basher.

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  • Louie and the other "basher" started toward him, but stopped at a gesture from "Slim."

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • With a sweep of his arm the "basher" crashed a black-jack against his skull.

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  • The "basher" swung up from the hip with his right arm, aiming for John's face.

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  • John threw the chair at the "basher" before him and dashed to the other side of the room.

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  • In the former route, basher is given as only three hours from Kuka.

British Dictionary definitions for basher

bash

/bæʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to strike violently or crushingly
2.
(transitive; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blow: to bash a door down
3.
(intransitive) foll by into. to crash (into); collide (with): to bash into a lamppost
4.
to dent or be dented: this tin is bashed, this cover won't bash easily
noun
5.
a heavy blow, as from a fist
6.
a dent; indentation
7.
a party
8.
(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 basher
n.

1882, agent noun from bash (v.).

bash

v.

"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.

n.

"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."

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Slang definitions & phrases for basher

bash

noun

  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)

verb

  1. To hit; clobber, sock (1860s+)
  2. To criticize, esp destructively: bashing Google more than Microsoft now
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