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masher1

[mash-er] /ˈmæʃ ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that mashes.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; mash1 + -er1

masher2

[mash-er] /ˈmæʃ ər/
noun, Slang.
1.
a man who makes advances, especially to women he does not know, with a view to physical intimacy.
Origin
1880-85; mash2 + -er1
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Examples from the web for masher
  • Place drained beans and onion mixture in a bowl and mash with a potato masher until well combined.
  • Using an old-fashioned potato masher or a large fork or spoon, mash avocados into a coarse purée.
  • Use a potato masher or wooden spoon to press lemons and extract some juice.
  • It turns creamy when you puree it, and you can use a potato masher if you don't want to wash out a food processor.
  • Drain the potatoes and put them through a ricer or mash with a potato masher.
  • Mash some of beans in pot with a potato masher or back of a spoon to thicken broth.
  • Coarsely mash strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, and salt using a potato masher in a large bowl.
  • Coarsely mash remaining polenta with a potato masher and add to sausage mixture.
  • Mash dal in saucepan with a potato masher or back of a spoon to form a coarse paste, then stir into vegetable mixture.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the beans until they are no longer whole.
Word Origin and History for masher
n.

"thing that mashes," c.1500, agent noun from mash (v.). Meaning "would-be lady-killer" is from 1875, American English, perhaps in use from 1860, probably from mash (v.) on notion either of "pressing one's attentions," or of "crushing someone else's emotions" (cf. crush).

He was, to use a Western expression, a 'regular heart-smasher among the women; and it may not be improper to state, just here, that no one had a more exalted opinion of his capabilities in that line than the aforesaid 'Jo' himself. ["Harper's New Monthly Magazine," March 1861]



He had a weakness to be considered a regular masher of female hearts and a very wicked young man with the fair sex generally, but there was not a well-authenticated instance of his ever having broken a heart in his life, nor likely to be one. [Gilbert A. Pierce, "Zachariah, The Congressman," Chicago, 1880]
Also in use late 19c were mash (n.) "a romantic fixation, crush" (1884); mash (v.) "excite sentimental admiration" (1882); mash-note "love letter" (1890).

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

masher

noun

A man who habitually makes sexual approaches to women; lady-killer, wolf (1875+)


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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