Definition of dash in English:



  • 1[no object, usually with adverbial of direction] Run or travel somewhere in a great hurry.

    ‘I dashed into the garden’
    ‘I must dash, I'm late’
    • ‘Indeed, the lion pounced and the two scuffled, which ended with Hope Butler running out the door in a hurry, dashing as far she could across the concrete jungle.’
    • ‘Must dash now, need to soak my feet in vinegar to toughen them up.’
    • ‘With a future meeting arranged, I turned my head and dashed at full speed back to McDonalds.’
    • ‘Well, I must dash or I'll miss my bus.’
    • ‘She grabbed the note from Sarah's hand, being careful not to tear it, and dashed out the front door.’
    • ‘Must dash, I've got to send off for my I-Spy membership pack.’
    • ‘He dashed at maximum speed towards the command center avoiding the laser, plasma and pulse fire heading towards him.’
    • ‘Jonah dashed along the path, his bare feet sending up little puffs of dust with every step.’
    • ‘Aylmer had reached the roof again, his faint shadow flickering across the lights as he dashed along the edge.’
    • ‘Must dash, will reply to other post comments later.’
    • ‘Drew and Seigi dashed out and hurried towards their fathers, calling and laughing as they ran.’
    • ‘Must dash now and prepare my body for pampering.’
    • ‘Other people could be seen on the streets now, hurrying animals that dashed in and out of store to cars or homes, getting what needed to be done, done.’
    • ‘Running now at her full speed, she dashed to the edge of the lake, where a large bolder rose up above the water.’
    • ‘He quickly swept his daughter into his arms, grabbed his travel bag and dashed towards the open door and into the chaos of the ship.’
    • ‘He was almost certain he saw something dash behind a tree.’
    • ‘There's so much more that could be said, but Fraser is dying to get on the computer, so I must dash now!’
    • ‘He picked up speed and dashed through the ever-increasing crosswinds of sand.’
    • ‘It is a Wednesday morning and Roly Squire has a small window of time before he must dash across Leeds for the main operating session of the week.’
    • ‘Speaking of Timbuktu, that's where my next televised adventure's going to be from, and I must dash there.’
    rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, hare, bound, fly, speed, streak, zoom, plunge, dive, whisk, scurry, scuttle, scamper, scramble
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  • 2[with object and adverbial of direction] Strike or fling (something) somewhere with great force, especially so as to have a destructive effect; hurl.

    ‘the ship was dashed upon the rocks’
    • ‘One could observe where the power of the Southern Ocean sweeps its mighty rollers up to dash their force onto the land.’
    • ‘He walks on water without dashing his foot against a river rock.’
    • ‘A predatory fish may eat it, or a strong current may dash it against a rock.’
    • ‘He dashed the handset on a rock before stamping on the thin circuit boards and shattering them beyond use.’
    • ‘I was suddenly aware of the breezes rustling the grasses, tossing the branches of the trees to and fro, dashing the leaves against each other.’
    • ‘Bearded vultures are the only living birds known to access bone marrow, which they do by dashing bones onto rocks from great heights.’
    • ‘I found Liberman and Nunberg the other day just about ready to dash glasses of Chardonnay in each other's faces.’
    • ‘Living on the edge of precipices, it will raise skeletons high into the sky, dash them onto the rocks, and then extract the marrow with its curved beak.’
    • ‘Ah, how the heady idealism of youth is dashed upon the rocks of the pragmatism of adulthood.’
    hurl, smash, crash, slam, throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl
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    1. 2.1[no object, with adverbial of direction]Strike forcefully against something.
      ‘a gust of rain dashed against the bricks’
      • ‘It's a dirty old night out there, wind howling, rain dashing against the windows, not at all the kind of night to move far from the fireside.’
      • ‘Not proper rain, not good rain - but a light, spitting rain that came dashing down from the peaks and was too cold to make the grass grow.’
      be hurled, crash, smash
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    2. 2.2[with object]Destroy or frustrate (hopes or expectations)
      ‘the budget dashed hopes of an increase in funding’
      • ‘Hopes of winning millions of pounds worth of grant aid were dashed for sports organisations across the country yesterday.’
      • ‘That feeling was unceremoniously dashed that evening when I found out about the chicken pox.’
      • ‘Hopes have been dashed for all 38 employees of the ill-fated car dealership DC Cook with the announcement that they are being made redundant.’
      • ‘His hopes of driving in the opening rounds at Brands Hatch earlier this month were dashed due to the late delivery of one of the York City Racing Team's new Honda Accord cars.’
      • ‘But hopes of a famous comeback victory were dashed when Bob Beswick forced his way over, Melling goaling for a 30-22 lead.’
      • ‘Lauren, who has been dancing since she was just three years-old, hopes to become a professional dancer, but knows her hopes will be dashed if the course shuts.’
      • ‘Overnight hopes that the whale could escape by its own efforts were dashed when it was spotted further upstream than it was late on Friday, fighting against the current.’
      • ‘Their anticipation was dashed, however, as marker Sylvain Guilhem intercepted the move when a score seemed a certainty.’
      • ‘Hopes that the home side might effect a comeback were dashed by another early blow, as Hurst nodded home a right-wing corner only forty seconds after the restart.’
      • ‘After our plan to snorkel Wednesday was cruelly dashed by a huge thunderstorm, today we finally made it snorkeling.’
      • ‘Last week, peace hopes at Acas were dashed after bosses claimed the union walked out and Aslef officials said management did not turn up.’
      • ‘This suggested a rapid resolution, only for those hopes to be dashed when the mission turns out to have come terribly close to catastrophe.’
      • ‘The plans were almost dashed when lorry driver Daniel, 23, injured his knee and scuppered his chances of running the race.’
      • ‘But 25 years ago my dreams were dashed as I grew too tall to fit inside.’
      • ‘Chessington and Hook United Football Club has been thrown a lifeline to help recover from debts threatening to dash promotion dreams.’
      • ‘Frankie Dettori's bid to notch up his third straight victory in the race was dashed as his mount Doyen finished fourth.’
      • ‘He had been drinking heavily as a way of escape since his dreams of going into the marines or the fire service were dashed due to injuries caused in a motorbike accident.’
      • ‘The year 2000 started out full of hope for all of us but, sadly, during the course of the past year for the farming community many of those hopes have already been dashed.’
      • ‘Hopes that the workmen would finish the job on Monday were dashed when they left before lunchtime, with the chimney and rubble still in place.’
      • ‘But then the union representatives left, hopes were dashed, the strike was on.’
      shatter, destroy, wreck, ruin, crush, devastate, demolish, wreak havoc with, blast, blight, wipe out, overturn, torpedo, scotch, spoil, frustrate, thwart, baulk, check
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    3. 2.3[with object]Cause (someone) to lose confidence; dispirit.
      ‘I won't tell Stuart—I think he'd be dashed’
      • ‘This rather dashed me, though he doesn't know that I am a diarist, and is probably unaware that I am somewhat simple-minded.’
      depress, dispirit, dishearten, grieve, desolate, discourage, upset, get down, bring down, cast down, dampen someone's spirits, cast a gloom on, bring tears to someone's eyes, break someone's heart, make someone's heart bleed
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  • Used to express mild annoyance.

    ‘dash it all, I am in charge’
    • ‘Oh dash it... I think I got a problem!’


  • 1An act of running somewhere suddenly and hastily.

    ‘she made a dash for the door’
    • ‘If you live in the woods and haven't planned how you'd make a fast dash in the face of a wildfire, you've got some thinking to do.’
    • ‘I made a dash for the door, and as I did I triggered the electronic video sensors at the store entrance, which wailed tumultuously as I broke out onto the street.’
    • ‘Winger Chris Watts was soon in action with a determined touchline dash as the second half began and Sinfield was again to the fore with a barging 20-metre burst.’
    • ‘So there's a mad dash to the kitchen with me rummaging through every cupboard and drawer imaginable to find a damn cork screw.’
    • ‘Then just after 3.30 pm, a group of people shepherding a woman with a coat over her head appeared at the hotel door and made a dash for a waiting car.’
    • ‘I was amazed when, after the movie, instead of everyone making a mad dash to the door, most remained seated, simply starring up at the credits on the screen.’
    • ‘I autographed some books, including McTeer's, posed for a few photos, and, running late for my plane, made a dash for the exit.’
    • ‘I don't know how many times a strap has slipped off my shoulder or a handle cut into my hand during a mad dash from one gate to another at some airport.’
    • ‘Then quick dash round downstairs, pick up some tops, ostensibly for work, but probably unsuitable with those necklines, and home within two hours of leaving the office.’
    • ‘Even without the need to keep on the lookout for the neighbors as I made a mad dash to a waiting taxi, the boardinghouse had become nothing more than a crash pad.’
    • ‘Upon hearing this Lexy turned away and started towards the bathroom wanting desperately wanting to make her walk into a mad dash.’
    • ‘As the prisoner and his escort left the car, O'Reilly made a dash for freedom by skipping over a fence and jumping into the sea.’
    • ‘As the robbers made a dash for it, he escaped into his business premises and closed the burglar-proof roll shutters.’
    • ‘Excitable children made a dash for the first row, only to be pushed back by equally enthusiastic adults.’
    • ‘That only left time to visit the tearooms for a superb Devonshire cream tea, before the heavens opened again, and we made a dash for the car.’
    • ‘Kevin made a mad dash for the passageway as the room imploded.’
    • ‘If the couple had stayed in their room they would probably have survived, he said, but because they made a dash for it they fell unconscious after a few paces because of the high levels of fumes.’
    • ‘Other people leave it until the train has stopped, everyone else has already got on and off, and then they make a mad dash for the door, just passing through as the doors begin to close again.’
    • ‘I dragged him outside and started shutting all the doors and windows - He just looked at me horrified and made a mad dash back inside.’
    • ‘The new initiative comes just months after a defendant leapt over the dock at Southend court and made a dash for freedom.’
    1. 1.1A journey or period of time characterized by urgency or eager haste.
      ‘a 20-mile dash to the airport’
      • ‘But when she woke up at four in the morning with contractions, it became clear very quickly there would be no time for a mad dash across west Wiltshire.’
      • ‘A top police display dog was saved from choking to death by a quick-acting vet and a fast dash in a police car.’
      • ‘Holidaymakers Hazel and David Matchett have described their terrifying last minute dash to safety as they fled Hurricane Ivan.’
      • ‘This is great news - not just for fast-tiring toddlers, but also for hyperadrenalised teens keen to make one last dash round the big attractions before shut-up time.’
      • ‘The Warriors players were hand-picked for the advert after weeks of selection procedures which ended with a mad dash to the final audition straight after a game.’
      • ‘We had a mad dash across Paris in the rush-hour to catch our connection to the South and nearly missed it because of confusion over our sleeper-tickets.’
      • ‘They jam the roads, stop and start on bridges, pour hydrocarbons into the air and jostle for bus seats, all in a mad dash to and from offices.’
      • ‘My instructor told the student would have been no dash across Europe by the Third Army if not for the tremendous logistical effort made on their behalf.’
      • ‘Comments on everything from television coverage following the disaster, to donations, refugees and Ray Martin's dash to the disaster zone.’
      • ‘Monday night consisted of a mad dash to Miami airport and a flight up to Orlando where the serious work began.’
      • ‘In less compelling boobal news, Pauline Hanson has announced her intention to make a last minute dash for election to the Senate as an independent.’
      • ‘The team joins the men's Clan on the road as they prepare for their games against the University of Saskatchewan as they make a mad dash for the playoffs.’
      • ‘From now, there's a mad dash to election day, and the candidates are just going to do their stump speeches.’
      • ‘If so, I should by now be unable to contain my excitement about the eclipse, and be packing my suitcase for a once-in-a-lifetime dash to Cornwall.’
      • ‘From there the runners tackled Snowden, then it was another dash to get into the treacherous Menai Straits before the tide turned and made the passage impossible.’
      • ‘It's good to have a garden in which to potter, that's for sure, and potter is most of what I've done today, apart from a mad dash out to collect my pension and have a fish-and-chips lunch.’
      • ‘Help build a brighter future for children with autism - and you could win a £500 supermarket trolley dash.’
      • ‘So, when a good house - or in this case, two good houses - go up for sale, potential buyers had better dash immediately round to the estate agent and be prepared to form an orderly queue.’
      • ‘You can take a fifteen minute dash by helicopter for an overall impression of the island before the machine lands for a closer look at the volcanic activity.’
      • ‘Nineteen services were axed last night and seven cancelled during this morning's dash to work as efforts continued to restore power after the weekend's blaze.’
    2. 1.2North American A short, fast race run in one heat; a sprint.
      ‘the 100 m dash’
      • ‘He ran track and held records in both the 100 and 200-yard dashes.’
      • ‘Canty took his from a crisp 100m in 11.5sec and Stevens matched this from his 11.4sec hurdles dash.’
      • ‘Clarett ran two 40-yard dashes, the official times of which have yet to come out.’
      • ‘The money was generated from the seventh annual ‘Wiener Dog Challenge,’ in which Dachshunds compete in a series of 70-yard dashes.’
      • ‘Jason Fedee won the men's 100 metre dash with Mandela Clifford second.’
      • ‘He passed Monday's test - a triple jump off either leg to display his right leg was as strong as his left and three timed 40-yard dashes.’
      • ‘He has won two silver medals in 100m dash, four silver medals and bronze medals in javelin throw and discus throw in national-level competitions.’
      • ‘At the Indianapolis combine, only three cornerbacks ran four 40-yard dashes in the 4.3s.’
      • ‘The country's leading sprinters kick off the heats with the 50m dash - a tough line-up to just make the semi-final among the men.’
      • ‘He runs the fastest 40-yard dash of any defensive tackle, 4.85 seconds.’
      • ‘The 1200 metre dash will contain a top class field.’
      • ‘Mornings can feel like a 50-yard dash, racing from the gym to the kids' school to the workplace.’
      • ‘The competition was not all for students - teachers also got in on the act when they competed in a 100-meter dash.’
      • ‘He runs two 40-yard dashes, and the scouts huddle to compare their stopwatches.’
      • ‘Chris Strickland, a member of the Mohegan tribe, will throw the javelin, shot put and discus and run the 100-meter dash.’
      • ‘Yanes has qualified in the men's 100m dash and the 4x100m relay, along with Sukari, Subakir and John Murray.’
      • ‘Today we get to run the dashes and do pole vaults and other stuff.’
      • ‘On the men's side, Adrian Blair had a fifth-place finish in the first heat of the 60m dash with a time of 7.25 seconds.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, his interest in sports sparked off as recently as 1995, when a friend enrolled him in a 100 m dash, in which he won.’
      • ‘He has taken part in every event from the 100 m dash to a 42-km marathon.’
      rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, leap, charge, plunge, dive, bound, break, scamper, scramble
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  • 2A small quantity of a liquid added to something else.

    ‘whisky with a dash of soda’
    • ‘The dip, composed of vinegar, a splash of soy sauce and a dash of red chili, could use a certain extra something to give it more of a zing, as the roll was in need of a little something to wake up the taste buds.’
    • ‘You can bet that nuance of orange in your ice-cream owes more to a dash of Grand Marnier than to a squeeze of the real thing.’
    • ‘This recipe, provided by the Alberta Turkey Producers, spikes a stock made from the Christmas turkey carcass with herbs and a dash of hot pepper sauce.’
    • ‘In addition to the lemon juice, you can use a dash of vinegar to pep up bland leaves (although if you've grown your own, you won't have to).’
    • ‘Develop/wash in a flat-bottomed tray containing water with a dash of washing-up liquid added.’
    • ‘Pastry - beat 125g butter with 50g golden syrup and a dash of lemon juice until light and fluffy.’
    • ‘Every morning before breakfast, comb hair, apply makeup, a dash of cologne, and perhaps some simple earrings.’
    • ‘Produced from a blend of the native Nero d' Avola and Frappato grapes with just a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, this has deep dark secrets that unfold easily in your glass.’
    • ‘Ingredients: the usual flour, eggs, milk, yeast, etc. - plus a dash of 7UP to help the yeast rise.’
    • ‘A Mochatail for those daring enough to drink one is a dash of espresso coffee, sprinkled with chocolate cookie, topped with whipped cream.’
    • ‘Niewoudt and Theron did nothing worse than slip a little green pepper extract and a dash of fruit juice flavourant into the tanks when nobody was looking.’
    • ‘But the white powder you mix up yourself with water, supplemented with a dash of UniBond PVA adhesive, will solve most household filling problems.’
    • ‘To produce a working product, engineers at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain added a dash of methanol and a catalyst to the jojoba oil.’
    • ‘A dash of yoghurt, a splash of honey, a mask of egg white and the kiss of other life giving substances left my skin glowing.’
    • ‘East of the beach is Udder Delight, a unique St. Thomas dairy serving creamy milkshakes with a dash of Cruzan rum, a longtime local tradition.’
    • ‘Add a dash of lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste’
    • ‘For a quick and easy sauce I add two tablespoons of Frank's Red Hot with Lime, one tablespoon of tomato paste, a pinch of salt and a dash of vinegar.’
    • ‘We appreciated just how well milk, chocolate powder (if tastes allow, a dash of coffee) go with rum or vodka, a cold shake with a kick.’
    • ‘‘The students come in and have a treble vodka with a dash of Corky's and a dash of coke, for £3.50,’ said Arthur.’
    1. 2.1A small amount of a quality that adds piquancy or distinctiveness to something else.
      ‘a casual atmosphere with a dash of sophistication’
      • ‘Like many a group before them, they had met at art school, and not surprisingly they added a dash of colour to both their image and music.’
      • ‘All that is charming about Australian wine, with a dash of sophistication.’
      • ‘The answer is to spice up the dish with a pinch of sex and add a dash of glamour in the shape of actress Diane Lane.’
      • ‘Then add traditional English Christmas songs and carols, stir in a dash of humour and a pinch of pantomime and sprinkle with magic-dust.’
      • ‘The latest trend in interior design seems to suggest that there is nothing like a dash of antiquity to lend beauty and elegance to a room.’
      • ‘Every track is distinct from the last with its added dash of Erasure magic installed within.’
      • ‘The meet and the hunt provided a dash of colour in the lives of all during the otherwise drab British winter.’
      • ‘Kittichai brings a taste of Bangkok, with a dash of international fusion, to Soho.’
      • ‘The score relies on a tried-and-true recipe to generate suspense: a little bit of Psycho, a pinch of Jaws, a dash of sweeping melody.’
      • ‘Rood sounds like it belongs in ‘84-a bit o’ punk, a dash of watered-down new wave and a pinch of pop.’
      • ‘Like most everything in Russia these days, the event had a whiff of great import with a big dash of farce.’
      small amount, touch, sprinkle, pinch, taste, lick, spot, drop, dab, speck, smack, smattering, sprinkling, splash, dribble, trickle, grain, soupçon, trace, bit, modicum, little, suggestion, suspicion, hint, scintilla, tinge, tincture, whiff, whisper, overtone, undertone, nuance, colouring
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  • 3A horizontal stroke in writing or printing to mark a pause or break in sense or to represent omitted letters or words.

    • ‘I turn off nearly every automatic feature there is, from conversion of hyphens to appropriate dashes, to AutoCorrect and AutoFormat.’
    • ‘Their use of the dash in the letters seems consistent with its use in much nineteenth - century correspondence.’
    • ‘Modern editors turn to dashes and exclamation marks to transcribe these rapid changes in thought and speech.’
    • ‘She answered in a fluently written letter punctuated by dashes about the death of her husband.’
    • ‘In less formal writing, the dash is often a catch-all mark to take the place of both colon and semicolon, obviating the need to distinguish them or think about more subtle kinds of punctuation.’
    • ‘Consider for a start all finite sequences of the twenty six letters of the English alphabet, the ten digits, a comma, a full stop, a dash and a blank space.’
    • ‘Often their three lines are split into two parts, by a colon or a dash, with an imaginative distance between the two sections.’
    • ‘This book's a success, it's true, even though it's about commas, apostrophes, colons, dashes and other marks.’
    • ‘Consigned to the unlovely basket are colons and semicolons, and dashes and parentheses.’
    • ‘Remember, when copying a site's URL from the newspaper or other media you need to get the URL correct - no spaces, dashes and capital letters only where noted.’
    • ‘Dots and dashes make all the difference to a website address - as Colchester Council is just discovering.’
    • ‘If you don't know whether or not to use a colon, a semicolon, or a dash, cut that sentence down!’
    1. 3.1The longer signal of the two used in Morse code.
      Compare with dot
      • ‘Both transmitted in simplified Morse code, one solely dots, the other solely dashes.’
      • ‘It works like Morse code, which is a way to transmit the alphabet over radio waves using dots (short beeps) and dashes (long beeps).’
      • ‘Perhaps the most famous coding is Morse Code, which converts letters of the alphabet into series of dots and dashes.’
      • ‘Today, when we think of telegraphs we think of electric telegraphs, we think of wires and Morse code and dots and dashes and telegrams and that sort of thing.’
      • ‘The sound of the dots and dashes of the radio range in my earphones, and the instrument panel was my whole world.’
      • ‘Morse Code uses a series of dots and dashes to transmit and receive messages.’
      • ‘The radio operator tuned in to the appropriate Sonne station, counted the number of dots or dashes heard, and referred these to a special map to read off the bearing.’
    2. 3.2Music A short vertical mark placed above or beneath a note to indicate that it is to be performed in a very staccato manner.
      • ‘The composer's intentions may be notated as dots, dashes, accents, and slurs.’
  • 4[mass noun] Impetuous or flamboyant vigour and confidence; panache.

    ‘he has youthful energy, dash, and charisma’
    • ‘As it happens, Dreamers of the Day is turning out to be magical realism, but in a very flat midwestern way with a whole lot of realism and just a rather bemused dash of magical.’
    • ‘From freaky fêtes to wacky races, we British will be dispersing across the country with our trademark enthusiasm, eccentricity and, on occasion, a dash of style.’
    • ‘Brimming with this new dash of energy, Darteil just needed one more psychological push.’
    • ‘For some onlookers it will not be enough merely for Brazil or Germany to win the World Cup trophy tonight, they will have had to do it with dash and style.’
    • ‘Indeed, he did not have his father's dash, his abilities as a military commander, his diplomatic skill or his immense intellect.’
    • ‘The Stoltzmans played it with dash and brio to spare.’
    • ‘Two others who played a huge role for Naomh Eoin were wingbacks Johnny Murphy and John Cleary who flanked the steady Niall Foley with style and dash.’
    • ‘An all-time Parsi eleven would open with Engineer and Contractor, dash at one end, caution at the other.’
    • ‘And to add extra dash Willie has Alexander Banquet vying for honours as well…’
    • ‘It is cute, astute, cerebral football, a mirror image of their studious manager though with an added dash of style and panache.’
    • ‘Combined with driving large timber trucks, these things define a certain kind of dash among young Kayan men.’
    • ‘But at its best, especially in the fiction, there is a fantastic sense of energy, intellectual fearlessness, contingency, reckless dash.’
    • ‘Portlaoise are still missing the style and dash that won them so many admirers as they swept through Laois and Leinster and contested an All Ireland club final this year.’
    • ‘A London journalist has summed up the divergencies of the eight teams concerned in the current cup ties in this way: Aston Villa - Clever without much dash or abandon.’
    • ‘It is these characteristics that give these Mozart performances, with the violinist doubling as soloist and director of the OAE, such dash and vitality.’
    • ‘A politician of flair and dash and, when roused by the occasion, an impressive parliamentary speaker, Derby never realized the early promise of his career.’
    • ‘We wouldn't have been surprised to see them the next day disporting themselves on the golf course or the Tennis court with equal verve and dash.’
    • ‘If the winners emerge with some dash in their style, they may also have to contend with being All-Ireland favourites.’
    • ‘Kilcummin were confounding the critics as they played with dash and flair, first to every ball as they attacked in waves.’
    verve, style, stylishness, flamboyance, gusto, zest, confidence, self-assurance, elan, flair, flourish, vigour, vivacity, vivaciousness, sparkle, brio, panache, éclat, exuberance, ebullience, enthusiasm, eagerness, vitality, dynamism, animation, liveliness, spirit, energy
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  • 5informal

    ‘an indicator on the dash tells you what gear you are in’
    short for dashboard
    • ‘The dash is neatly laid out and a pop-up panel houses the screen for the sat nav which can be tilted to remove glare.’
    • ‘I like the style of the interior, but the location of the dials in the middle of the dash is not good.’
    • ‘You have to take your eyes off the road, look down to twiddle a knob then check the screen on the dash, all to find the right function.’
    • ‘This is enlivened by Mondial blue flourishes on the dash, sports steering wheel and gearstick, and the same drilled aluminium pedals as the 172.’
    • ‘A long dashboard reaches deep into the sloping windscreen with almost none of the bonnet visible as you peer over the dash.’
    • ‘The driver flipped a control on his dash and a green light appeared.’
    • ‘The steering wheel and the dash are also made of the light and very strong material which has been used in Formula one since 1988.’
    • ‘The on-off switch should be mounted in a convenient location on the dash and within your reach.’
    • ‘If there is a pressure loss of 7 psi or more, then there is a warning light activated on the dash.’
    • ‘The dash is nicely finished in silver metal effect and there are plenty of cubbyholes for storage, even a shelf above the driver's head, although the glovebox is tiny.’
    • ‘The dash layout is brilliant, with logically-placed controls and an uncluttered layout, but that's by-the-by.’
    • ‘Those trademark Smart eye-like dials are there, protruding from the top of the dash, while the rest of the layout is well designed using good quality plastics.’
    • ‘I don't like the controls in the middle of the dash for the satellite navigation; they were horrible.’
    • ‘The sat nav, which slides out of the top of the dash Bond-style, can be a bit tricky to read sometimes and the controls - located on the back of the steering wheel - are a bit fiddly.’
    • ‘Three pods in the centre of the dash house the primary instruments, while the minor controls are grouped together beneath them.’
    • ‘The oblong LCD panel perched on top of the dash displays the sat nav instructions.’
    • ‘Smart key technology is standard; engine start/stop is performed through a pushbutton on the dash.’
    • ‘Power windows, locks and mirrors and CD in the dash, are very upscale options for that little bit of cash.’
    • ‘Wash and polish the bodywork, clean and polish the wheels to get rid of any engrained brake dust, vacuum and shampoo the interior and give the dash and steering wheel a good buffing.’
    • ‘But the price for having those clever little electronic maps built into your dash is still far too high for true volume sales to take off.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • dash something off

    • Write something hurriedly and without much premeditation.

      ‘I dashed off a quick letter’
      • ‘I tend to dash things off without thinking so much.’
      • ‘You law students might think that we old law profs just dash these things off in an hour, but, in fact, it takes some doing.’
      • ‘The excuse for churning out a far less funny film, it seemed, was simple: ‘We just dashed it off.’’
      • ‘A minor project for the master architect, perhaps, but with a grandness indicating that he didn't just dash it off.’
      • ‘We were confronted by a row of little pictures that not only looked as though they had been dashed off at high speed, but plainly were considered by their makers to be complete.’
      • ‘John Taylor's paper was dashed off and sent to the scientific journal Nature for publication.’
      scribble, write hurriedly, write untidily, write illegibly, scratch, scrawl, doodle
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Middle English (in the sense ‘strike forcibly against’): probably symbolic of forceful movement and related to Swedish and Danish daska.