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[mosh] /mɒʃ/
verb (used without object), Slang.
to engage in a form of frenzied, violent dancing; slam-dance.
Origin of mosh
1980-85; perhaps variant of mash1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mosh
  • Within minutes of arriving, they turn the living room of their spacious rented house into a roaring mosh pit.
  • Daydreaming about rock groupies tumbling into a receptive mosh pit.
  • Flannel-clad fans expecting a mosh pit might be disappointed.
British Dictionary definitions for mosh


a type of dance, performed to loud rock music, in which people throw themselves about in a frantic and violent manner
(intransitive) to dance in this manner
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for mosh

"to dance (with a certain amount of violence) to metal music in a tightly packed arena," 1987, perhaps a variant of mash. Related: Mosh pit.

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



To dance to heavy metal music in a tight-packed arena called a ''mosh pit,'' with a certain amount of physical violence: They don't dance. They mosh. They slam. They skank and thrash, too/ Gearshift would give the crowd something to mosh to

[late 1980s+ fr British; fr British dialect, ''mash, smash,'' found by 1848]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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