Definition of bash in US English:



[with object]informal
  • 1Strike hard and violently.

    ‘bash a mosquito with a newspaper’
    • ‘I slammed it again, much harder, and suddenly I'm bashing my wrist against the corner of the wall with all my strength, quickly and repeatedly.’
    • ‘Hard drives don't like being bashed around in bags or boots of cars, so be very careful with this baby.’
    • ‘The men we've interviewed from Bexley say they were beaten and bashed by officers in the home, do you accept that this did take place?’
    • ‘On the other hand, if the pegs turn out to be a bit too square and the holes too round, then the harder you try to bash the one into the other, the more you'll end up just making a mess.’
    • ‘At the moment the keys on the piano are bashed rather hard.’
    • ‘Even from across the busy road, I could see that each convulsion jerked his body, stretched out dangerously in the traffic, and caused his head to bash against the hard tarmac, grazing it.’
    • ‘A chunk of carrot fell onto the Locum's head as, raising it in the air, I brought it down as hard as I could and bashed the toy to pieces.’
    • ‘I never got bashed about there like I do down here.’
    • ‘The sudden lurch of the car caused Kirsten to fly forward violently in her seat, bashing her leg off the dashboard.’
    • ‘I had forgot how much fun bashing the drums really hard is.’
    • ‘Tasson bashed Shein's head with his fist, hard enough that Shein fell over unconscious.’
    • ‘He grinned as he wrapped his arms around her - that stopped mid-way when he felt a hard broom bashed at the back of his head.’
    • ‘Pretty sad, in a way, because like most frustrated men - it was quite common - he used to beat her, bash her, right?’
    • ‘While he was preoccupied, I took the rocks out of my pocket, one in each hand, and bashed them on each side of his head as hard as I could.’
    • ‘When I came to I saw that I had bashed the guy pretty hard, at one glance I could see that I had broken his jaw.’
    • ‘‘Well, you did scream it at him as you attempted to throttle him while bashing his head into hard concrete,’ Jay told me, grinning.’
    • ‘She screamed at the top of her lungs and bashed her head into the pillar as hard as she could.’
    • ‘So perhaps we should bash them, but just not too hard.’
    • ‘Hex slowly emerged from his car and had apparently bashed his head hard against the steering wheel, for his head was bleeding.’
    • ‘Keep your eye on these hooks: sometimes even their incredibly sharp points can bend over when the current bashes them against hard rocks.’
    strike, hit, beat, thump, slap, smack, batter, pound, pummel, thrash, rap, buffet, hammer, bang, knock
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    1. 1.1bash something in Damage or break something by striking it violently.
      ‘the car's rear window had been bashed in’
      • ‘When I saw him at the trial, and I knew what he'd done, I was so close to bashing his face in.’
      • ‘‘DON'T TELL ME WHAT I SAID’ she howled and chased him around the streets for an hour trying to bash his head in.’
      • ‘Harrison picks up a large rock nearby and bashes the knob in, forcing the door open.’
      • ‘But on the few occasions when I've had the privilege of being out in the field with him, I try to bash his head in because we're competitive.’
      • ‘‘Huh! ‘snorted Lou, ‘I can see where the kid gets it from - and yeah - then maybe you can tell us who bashed your face in.’’
      • ‘Colton and Devon would've been home by then so I thought it odd that the roof wasn't collapsing, the walls weren't bashed in, and there weren't any bloody murder messages on the answering machine.’
      • ‘Presumably, if you begin to bash my skull in, I wouldn't be out of my moral depth to send a shattering kick to your shins and, say, ruffle your hair up a bit.’
      • ‘My pa got mad at me one night and beat me so hard he bashed my skull in.’
      • ‘Neighborhood vandals and our own children bashed our windows in with rocks.’
      • ‘Haz pushed himself up into a sitting position only to have Priest grab him and throw him against the elevator doors almost bashing them in.’
      • ‘Jimmy's bashing my head in with a two-by-four!’
      • ‘Groaning, he struggled to lift his head until Syona clutched his throat with one hand and bashed his nose in with another.’
      • ‘We (my coach, two friends and I) thoroughly bashed his head in, and no, we're still alive and well.’
      • ‘In my early days of settlement, Arthur did just that, bashing weak palings in with his head, the better to check there were no cats in the great beyond.’
      • ‘There was a police car on the flower bed, and its head was bashed in with the word ‘Police’ dented.’
      • ‘Funny how it works.'… I kept thinking about these cops, and how they may be nice individuals at home, but if they got the order they would bash my skull in.… I started rationalizing with myself.’
      • ‘The one with the broken nose looked at him bravely and stated, ‘She was too fast… I was able to catch up to her, but she bashed my nose in.’’
      • ‘I hear him saying, ‘I'm going to bash your head in!’’
      • ‘A parent has threatened to bash my face in for giving his daughter lines; I need a day at the police station as the ministry can do nothing.’
      • ‘At home, Janelle tells Dylan that he has ‘better street smarts than Mike’ so next time he'll be able to bash his head in.’
    2. 1.2bash intono object Collide with.
      ‘the other vehicle bashed into the back of them’
      • ‘I jumped once more, letting out a yelp as my knee bashed into the table and I went crashing to the floor.’
      • ‘In the middle of the night, the boats started bashing into each other.’
      • ‘The suspension gets a bit of a hammering and there's always a danger of a truck or something bashing into you.’
      • ‘And I'm up here watching my TV get bashed into the floor.’
      • ‘The speedboat bounced along sending a cascade of waves crashing through the calmness and bashing into the smooth green walls of buildings that rose tall and defiant from the canal's glassy depths.’
      • ‘Everyone, apparently, is getting fed up with mums in their Chelsea tractors, taking up too much space and generally bashing into everything.’
      • ‘As a handful of bystanders stood by, the plows methodically bashed into the landmark's walls until a heap of black concrete filled Seventh Street.’
      • ‘Moving the jeep results in it bashing into a wall of snow that comes up above the bumpers.’
      • ‘Sometimes they fall off loading bays, are slammed into doors, or are bashed into walls.’
      • ‘But he chased after me and my clothes got torn, and we were barely out of his father's car when this truck came out of nowhere and bashed into it and knocked it over the hill.’
      • ‘I landed with all my weight on my left shoulder and upper arm, which was bashed into the ribs over my heart.’
      • ‘Dylan runs past the guy, bashing into him, and manages to nick the guy's wallet.’
      • ‘I stopped and helped him up, although a dozen men bashed into me from behind.’
      • ‘Yet there's something even more exhilarating about the fact that the men bashing into each other on the court are normal people with essentially normal lives.’
      • ‘The bulls bash into doors or the sides of buildings, sustaining bruises, cuts and broken bones and horns.’
      • ‘And they'll bash into you like an unstoppable force meeting an all too movable object.’
      • ‘I asked, just as I though would happen, something came bashing into my head; knocking me over, chair and all.’
      • ‘Anyway, I was walking along a mall when a woman suddenly swung around and bashed into me.’
      • ‘The wind has picked up even more and is bashing into the side of my mobile home.’
      • ‘Man, it's going to take her about ten years to figure out where everything is, she thought as she was dragged down the hallway, mumbling sorry to the students she was bashing into.’
      collide with, hit, crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, knock into, bump into, meet head-on
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    3. 1.3 Criticize severely.
      ‘a remark bashing the Belgian brewing industry’
      • ‘There's nothing the London theatre critics like more than to bash Edinburgh's hyped-up hits once they reach the southern capital.’
      • ‘If Metallica's Lars Ulrich paused from bashing Napster to cogently denounce the Iraq war - as Wino has capably done - we would revise our opinion of the man.’
      • ‘I expect I'll see his writings on the topic about the same time that he links to one of the critics who have disagreed with his posts bashing Kass and the Council.’
      • ‘The source said Mr Mandelson had been referring to Mr Chirac when he criticised the tactic of ‘constantly bashing Brussels’.’
      • ‘Wendy was busy inventing new insults with which to bash Nats.’
      • ‘Yet even knee deep in slush, Kelly soldiers on, bashing errant boyfriends, railing against the media machine and tapping an expansive geyser of teenage venom.’
      • ‘Critics who bash such films as Happy Times as being heavy-handed misinterpret the key differences between Eastern and Western cinema.’
      • ‘So Peter Beinart is the New Republic editor who is getting beat on by Michelle Malkin for remarks he made bashing a bunch of talk radio guys going to Iraq.’
      • ‘Although not a lawyer himself, he's made a remarkable career out of bashing the profession.’
      • ‘For the past ten minutes of lunch, he'd been indiscriminately bashing anything worth insulting, and he'd made even the more conservative among us laugh.’
      • ‘The critics who bash Harrington the most tend to overlook the problems Detroit has had with its passing game since his arrival.’
      • ‘Critics also bashed the law for limiting access to information and privacy.’
      • ‘This success has caused Sun to put more and more emphasis on services - a strategy it had typically shied away from, preferring to bash IBM's services attack instead.’
      • ‘I for one, am hoping to see better posts, less attacks and bashing and more concerns for the topic matter.’
      • ‘At the same time, Bush's remarks were bashed by scientists and advocates for the separation of church and state.’
      • ‘U.S. efforts to bash Beijing reveal a remarkable ignorance about economics.’
      • ‘A mysterious Internet Web site suddenly appeared, replete with altered newspaper headlines bashing Gardner and other union critics who were running for the board.’
      • ‘She babbled on and on about ‘liberals’ who spend all their time bashing the right and slandering the right and spouting lies about the right.’
      • ‘Just as academe got bashed for appropriating jazz, this show will face criticism for its heady approach.’
      vilify, disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, impugn, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak badly of, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambaste
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  • 1A heavy blow.

    ‘a bash on the head’
    • ‘His reward was a bash in the head with the butt of a gun.’
    • ‘The oaf wouldn't know the difference between a crotchet, a quaver, and a bash in the chops with a bassoon.’
    • ‘Her head hit the pavement with a muffled bash, and she was knocked unconscious.’
    blow, rap, hit, knock, bang, slap, crack, thump, tap, clip
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  • 2usually with modifier A party or social event.

    ‘a birthday bash’
    • ‘Of course in my case I only let some party people know that a couple of us were having a pre party party before the main bash.’
    • ‘He has done it all, from corporate bashes to wild parties and from product launches to music shows.’
    • ‘Last-minute vacations, end-of-season backyard bashes and back-to-school prep time are keeping you mighty busy.’
    • ‘ShowBiz Ireland would like to wish Ray a Happy 30th and thank all of you who attended and help make the party the bash of the year…’
    • ‘A grand bash to celebrate his birthday was held in a posh hotel only five days earlier.’
    • ‘All the food I made for her bash was Californian and I tried to create a layered ‘California Roll Salad’ with fresh crab meat, avocado and seaweed.’
    • ‘The ‘American Pie’ beauty - who is frequently snapped at star-studded bashes - claims she prefers spending time with people outside the movie industry.’
    • ‘Her family and friends, along with staff at St. Joseph's, had a right old party bash celebrating the occasion.’
    • ‘My birthday party was a joint bash with a good friend from College, the English Civil War Historian.’
    • ‘But doesn't opening up the Lord Mayor's official residence for corporate bashes smack slightly of commercialism?’
    • ‘While a certain level of high spirits is expected at these bashes, it is considered bad form to become overly tired and emotional.’
    • ‘Glenn, 58, whose 18-year-old daughter wants to act, also says she felt uncomfortable attending star-studded bashes like the Oscars because of the pressure to look good.’
    • ‘As well as great music and dance the birthday bash will feature a yummy supper, raffles, lucky door prizes and other activities.’
    • ‘Two well known locals last week celebrated with a birthday bash.’
    • ‘Green, who chartered a plane for all 200 guests, is no stranger to hiring top stars to perform at his bashes.’
    • ‘This bash is being held this weekend as it is close to the 20th anniversary of the football team's first ‘European tour’ to Lloret De Mar in Spain.’
    • ‘The party in 2001 was not held due to a committee restructure, and is the only year in the last 17 years that Tropical Fruits have not held their annual bash.’
    • ‘The event was a birthday bash for KIK Corp. supremo and new Toronto Argonauts owner David Cynamon, who chartered the Air Canada jet.’
    • ‘New York Social Diary is your link to the parties, events, openings, launches, shindigs, bashes, and general social whirlwind that is the East Coast social scene.’
    • ‘Matty Graham's New Year's Eve was ruined after he was dealt a sucker punch during a beer-fuelled bash.’
    party, gathering, social gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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Phrasal Verbs

  • bash something out

    • Produce something rapidly without preparation or attention to detail.

      • ‘I used to bash them out on a manual typewriter, photocopy them and distribute.’
      • ‘Then again, it's just as great to be The Rolling Stones and go into a room and bash it out.’
      • ‘No time wasted with string sections or French-horn charts here - once Roberts has the song in his head, he just wants to bash it out.’
      • ‘However its a good idea to bash them out yourself, it allows you to experiment quickly and cheaply, testing out different versions of how a scene may look and play on camera.’
      • ‘As far as melodies and lyrics are concerned, I think Andy was happy for me to bash things out and then give an opinion or advice on how things might progress, which was important.’


Mid 17th century (as a verb): imitative, perhaps a blend of bang and smash, dash, etc..