Definition of bashing in English:



  • 1[usually with modifier] Violent physical assault.

    ‘nine incidents of gay bashing were reported to the police’
    • ‘So we need to encourage ministers and priests and rabbis and bishops to speak out from the pulpit against anti-gay violence and gay bashing.’
    • ‘But while many education programs highlight gay bashing, not enough is being done to draw a connection between homophobic attitudes and rape.’
    • ‘Still, maneuvering Spidey and engaging in thug head bashing is smooth as silk once you switch to gamepad controls and away from the aforementioned keyboard chaos.’
    • ‘How are victims of bashing, burglary, or car conversion expected to feel when they see their offenders getting on board planes to go to Bondi?’
    • ‘An actor confronts gay bashing and grief in Texas when he attends the murder trial of the man who killed his lover.’
    • ‘At present, we tend to think of a hate crime as racially or religiously motivated, and increasingly often as a result of sexual preference: e.g. gay bashing.’
    • ‘My suspicious were soon confirmed: These people are heavy on gay bashing when not in the public eye.’
    • ‘And his character helps us to face the issues of HIV / AIDS and gay bashing and discrimination that occur all too often in many of our lives.’
    • ‘If it is wrong to promote hatred and violence and bashing of people on the basis of race, colour, religion, and ethnic origin, it is equally wrong to promote hatred and violence on the basis of sexual orientation.’
    • ‘But when you see an article about gay marriage or gay bashing or whatnot, feel free to let your outrage show in front of him.’
    • ‘However, take away the press and anti-war exploitation of these events and this is a systemic problem like drug use is systemic, rape is systemic, and gay bashing is systemic.’
    • ‘We also rank first in violence against gays so from gay bashing to murder we have a lot of problems in this country.’
    • ‘Gay bashing seldom occurs, but in 1995 over 50% of the voters rejected a domestic-partnership ordinance.’
    • ‘So that excludes for me gay bashing and random acts of physical violence.’
    • ‘Arthur Dong, who worked with her on his documentary about gay bashing, Licensed to Kill, credits her with changing the film's whole thrust.’
    • ‘Although we hear in the community some anecdotal reports of gay bashing, it's not something that's on the front pages of the papers.’
    • ‘One key component that distinguishes gay bashing from other hate crimes is that ‘it's not rooted in economic fears,’ says Levin.’
    • ‘Irwin adds that the dangers of arrest or bashing from loitering in public places also do not exist while on the Internet.’
    • ‘No-one knowing, my eyes bloodshot red, my dad grabbing me asking me have I been taking drugs again and I used to tell him that I hadn't taken anything and I used to get a bashing again, for telling lies to him.’
    • ‘Paterson's bashing showed who were the violent ones.’
    violence, assault, mugging
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    1. 1.1Severe criticism.
      ‘press bashing’
      • ‘The Opposition may carry on beneficiary bashing, but we are getting people back to work.’
      • ‘Unlike the Leader of the Opposition, who is proposing beneficiary bashing under a rehash of the code of social responsibility, this Government is looking for real solutions.’
      • ‘After many years of bashing from pundits and politicians, affirmative action is on the ropes.’
      • ‘Let us try to get beyond this bloody (I would have done the male thing and used an expletive, but bit my tongue) male bashing.’
      • ‘Benefit bashing by the Opposition will not work in today's society.’
      • ‘I will stay in medicine, despite all the doctor bashing in the press, I am still proud to be part of the profession.’
      • ‘However, in the case at hand, were Chen's remarks so farfetched that they warrant this kind of public bashing of his credibility and authority?’
      • ‘I made a vow not to engage in anymore nut-baiting or political bashing here.’
      • ‘Jacques, baby, you sure make it hard for your friends to denounce mindless France bashing when you pull stuff like this.’
      • ‘While certain Windsor family members have made some incredible mistakes, the relentless bashing from the press offers little room for the family to regroup and even less for forgiveness.’
      • ‘It was in defense of US bashing in a public forum.’
      • ‘A show that has miraculously survived through low ratings and critical bashing for as long as it has deserves a better finale than this.’