Then a sudden shot from a distance caused General Bamodo to leap to his feet and dash down his cigar.
You know when he is going to dash down the king with a shout of triumph on the queen.
And then he made a dash down along the edge of the field as though Jap troops were actually rushing up from the other side.
For an instant she thought he was about to make a dash down the walk for them.
A trip to Liberia, a dash down into Mexico, and a desert jaunt in Australia, had not satisfied his craving for adventure.
Each was ready, at a second's warning, to dash down the nearest alley.
He moved to one side and took his position for the dash down field.
On the night of April 10, 1862, the boat made its dash down stream.
The Turks directed a perfect tornado of rifle, Maxim, and pompom fire on 200 men who made a dash down the gangway.
Up sprang the men, and the whole body made a dash down the cliff.
c.1300, probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Swedish daska, Danish daske "to beat, strike"), somehow imitative. The oldest sense is that in dash to pieces and dashed hopes. Intransitive meaning "move quickly" appeared c.1300, that of "to write hurriedly" is 1726. Related: Dashed; dashing.
late 14c., from dash (v.). Sporting sense is from 1881, originally "race run in one heat."
A punctuation mark (—) used to indicate a sudden break in thought, to set off parenthetical material, or to take the place of such expressions as that is and namely: “He's running for reelection — if he lives until then”; “Very few people in this class — three, to be exact — have completed their projects”; “She joined the chorus for only one reason — she loves to sing.” In the last example, where the parenthetical material comes at the end of the sentence rather than in the middle, a colon could be used instead of the dash.
The dashboard of a car or other vehicle: I keep a gun under the dash (1867+)