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mosh

[mosh] /mɒʃ/
verb (used without object), Slang.
1.
to engage in a form of frenzied, violent dancing; slam-dance.
Origin
1980-85; perhaps variant of mash1
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British Dictionary definitions for moshing

mosh

/mɒʃ/
noun
1.
a type of dance, performed to loud rock music, in which people throw themselves about in a frantic and violent manner
verb
2.
(intransitive) to dance in this manner
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for moshing

mosh

v.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for moshing

moshing

noun

: Pearl Jam pulled out of a concert in a dispute with security forces over how to handle ''moshing,'' the rowdy, high-contact dancing common at their shows (late 1980s+)


mosh

verb

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]


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