bashing

[bash-ing]
noun
1.
the act of beating, whipping, or thrashing: a series of unsolved bashings and robberies.
2.
a decisive defeat: We gave the visiting team a good bashing.
3.
a.
unprovoked physical assaults against members of a specified group: gay-bashing.
b.
verbal abuse, as of a group or a nation: feminist-bashing; China-bashing.

Origin:
1725–35; bash + ing1

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bash

[bash]
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:
1635–45; perhaps alteration of pash1

basher, noun
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bash (bæʃ)
 
vb (foll by into)
1.  (tr) to strike violently or crushingly
2.  (tr; often foll by in, down, etc) to smash, break, etc, with a crashing blow: to bash a door down
3.  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
 
n
5.  a heavy blow, as from a fist
6.  a dent; indentation
7.  a party
8.  informal have a bash to make an attempt
 
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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bash
"to strike violently," 1640s, perhaps of Scandinavian origin (cf. Swedish basa "to baste, whip, flog, lash," Danish baske "to beat, strike, cudgel"), from O.N. *basca "to strike;" or the whole group may be independently derived and echoic. Figurative sense of "abuse verbally or in writing" is from 1948.
On a bash "on a drunken spree" is slang from 1901, which gave the word its sense of "party."
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bash definition

[bæʃ]
  1. n.
    a wild party; a night on the town. : What a bash! I'm exhausted!
  2. in.
    to party; to celebrate. : Let's go out and bash, how 'bout it?
  3. tv.
    to criticize; to join in the destructive criticism of someone or something. : A bunch of old Jonathan Computer fans love to bash Macrosoft whenever they can.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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bashing definition


  1. n.
    criticizing; defaming. (A combining form that follows the name of the person or thing being criticized.) : On TV they had a long session of candidate bashing, and then they read the sports news.
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Example sentences
We saddle up and begin the long ride out, bumping and bashing down glacial
  valleys.
We might as well start bashing purse science as a useless endeavor.
Well it is time for the annual bashing of proprietary colleges.
But the bashing that the anonymous professor is taking here is unwarranted if
  you have not walked in his or her shoes.
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