Main definitions of hash in English

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noun

  • 1A dish of cooked meat cut into small pieces and cooked again, usually with potatoes.

    • ‘Down at the Hope & Anchor restaurant in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Dianna Munz serves a barbecued-ham-and-scallion hash with two fried eggs.’
    • ‘Make a hash by frying up all the leftover roast potatoes and parsnips, adding some chopped turkey and perhaps a little leftover stuffing too.’
    • ‘Hash is a great way to use up leftover cooked meat. We tend to use roast beef, but leftover pot roast or other meats could easily be used.’
    • ‘Haley puts some American fries, corned beef hash, and scrambled eggs on her plate.’
    • ‘In commercial corned beef hashes, the meat is often minced, but if you make hash at home, you can leave it in recognizable chunks.’
    1. 1.1North American A finely chopped mixture.
      ‘a hash of raw tomatoes, chili peppers, and cilantro’
      • ‘Its Pinot Noir reduction, sesame-shot spinach and hashed potato accompaniments seemed altogether fitting.’
    2. 1.2 A mixture of jumbled incongruous things; a mess.
      • ‘Caution threatened to descend into catatonia as, after a bright opening minute or so, the first half turned into a hash of misplaced passes, hoofs into the air and slithering ineptitude.’
      • ‘I say to members opposite that they are responsible for $100 million of wasted public money, because of their poor policy, poor lawmaking, and the continuous hashes that we have seen in this very important area of law.’
      mixture, assortment, variety, array, mixed bag, mix, miscellany, random collection, motley collection, selection, medley, melange, mishmash, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pot-pourri, jumble, farrago, patchwork
      mash-up
      gallimaufry, omnium gatherum, olio, olla podrida, salmagundi, macédoine, motley
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make (meat or other food) into a hash.

    • ‘It contains hashed meat, generally pork, seasoned with aromatic herbs or spices (pepper, red pepper, garlic, rosemary, thyme, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, etc.’
    • ‘In Gower they are added to hashed meat, made into pies with apples, and put into soup.’
    1. 1.1North American Chop (meat or vegetables)
      • ‘Before dinner you may have to hash out who is going to hash the meat and potatoes.’
      • ‘Hash the meat and make it into a stuffing with raisins, stoned ripe olives and hard-boiled eggs minced fine.’
  • 2hash something outCome to agreement on something after lengthy and vigorous discussion.

    ‘they went to the diner to hash out ideas’
    • ‘Students were encouraged to bring their ideas to the table and hash them out.’
    • ‘And no more side-stepping the problem, lets hash it out, here and now.’
    • ‘Maybe you two should be hashing your problems out in counseling instead of drive-by ambushing an innocent bystander.’
    • ‘The truth is we'll never know for sure who would have been better, but the simple fact that party leaders are unwilling to allow its voters to hash these questions out for themselves is troubling.’
    • ‘That's why I thought we should get together this morning and hash this thing out.’
    • ‘Before polls, phones, the internet, focus groups, etc., the only way to select a candidate was to get everyone together and hash things out.’
    • ‘We finally sat down a little while ago and hashed it out.’
    • ‘They'd already hashed it out a few dozen times before, and he found it pointless to go over it again.’
    • ‘But as they hashed it out, and they brought up the inherent problems with establishing private accounts, he instead came around to their point of view.’
    • ‘And they're listening to more and more sports radio, which guarantees that every angle will be hashed out hundreds of times before it hits the page.’

Phrases

  • make a hash of

    • informal Make a mess of; bungle.

      ‘listening to other board members make a hash of things’
      • ‘Damien Hindle fired in a cross which Cherry made a hash of and his palmed clearance dropped to Doni Clarke, who headed home from six yards.’
      • ‘Sorry, I'm making a hash of this, I had this grand eloquent spiel, which has all gone to pot, cos I can't get anything to work to demonstrate what I'm talking about.’
      • ‘If your only choices are to serve the requirements of your job properly and betray your ethics versus follow your ethics and make a hash of your job, surely you need a new job?’
      • ‘Let us take, for example, the so-called principles of the treaty, which were sent off to the judges to deal with and which, in my opinion, they have made a hash of.’
      • ‘It seems to be impossible to implement a law against spam - unsolicited bulk email - without making a hash of it.’
      • ‘She went back on her promise to resign and made a hash of explaining why.’
      • ‘They are making a hash of the government's plan to get the state-owned corporation into shape for eventual privatisation.’
      • ‘But what a wasted opportunity, nevertheless, if it turns out the film has made a hash of the book's lighthearted yet moving charm.’
      • ‘Some men make a hash of their relationships and careers but love their children.’
      • ‘Almost immediately the ball was dispatched downfield, but Reyna made a hash of his goal attempt and the ball sailed high over Nick Culkin's bar.’
      make a mess of, bungle, botch, fluff, fumble, butcher, mess up
      mismanage, mishandle, misdirect, misgovern, misconduct, mar, spoil, ruin, wreck
      muff, muck up, foul up, screw up, louse up, bitch up, blow, foozle
      make a muck of, make a pig's ear of, make a horlicks of, cock up
      flub, goof up, bobble
      balls up, bugger up, fuck up
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  • settle someone's hash

    • Deal with and subdue someone in no uncertain manner.

      • ‘In the best of all possible worlds this despot would be unseated by the electorate; in the worst a coup might settle his hash.’
      • ‘I could exercise my constitutional right to firearms ownership and just go up in a tower and start shooting until a police sniper settles my hash.’
      • ‘The failure in the Dardanelles and the Russian collapse settled our hash in the Near East for the time being.’
      • ‘That would have settled his hash, and it made me feel better when I realized I could have said it.’
      • ‘The Professor strongly suspects defamation lawyers will settle Marr 's hash.’
      • ‘Alphonso - that's the big buck leopard - got nasty this morning and settled his hash.’
  • sling hash

    • informal Serve food in a cafe or diner.

      • ‘They said, ‘Sure’ - provided she sling hash for them for a month.’
      • ‘At a counter you'll find independent folks who enjoy being close to slinging hash, feeling the heat of the grill, and watching the transformation of ingredients from raw state to dinner plate.’
      • ‘The final humiliation was finding out that I, as dance director, would be required to sling hash.’
      • ‘I still wait tables and sling hash for a living and I'm loving it!’
      • ‘From eight to two I pace the chessboard floor behind the counter, eying plummeting coffee levels, slinging hash, and serving bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, salt, pepper, ketchup, a smile and a pinch of sass.’
      • ‘The play's driving force is Terry, an alcoholic, out-of-work actor slinging hash at a mob-owned diner.’
      • ‘If you've been slinging hash at a local dive, pick up some tricks and market yourself as a French chef.’
      • ‘Prudie would rather sling hash than be a 37-year-old child.’

Origin

Late 16th century (as a verb): from French hacher, from hache (see hatchet).

Pronunciation

hash

/haSH/

Main definitions of hash in English

: hash1hash2hash3

hash2

noun

informal
  • short for hashish
    • ‘Three percent of the sample indicated ever having used illicit drugs at this time; again, the most frequently cited category by far was marijuana, hash, or weed.’
    • ‘You may have heard it called marijuana, weed or hash but it is still cannabis, a natural drug that comes from a plant.’
    • ‘After ordering our beers, he pulled out a chunk of black hash the size of an ice cube that he proceeded to slice and stuff into a big, brown pipe like one your grandfather might have smoked.’
    • ‘I had acquainted myself with marijuana and hash a long time before I moved to Amsterdam.’
    • ‘Cannibis, aka marijuana, hash, pot, weed, smoke, draw, call it what you will, is a drug.’
    marijuana, hashish, bhang, hemp, kef, kif, charas, ganja, sinsemilla
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Pronunciation

hash

/haSH/

Main definitions of hash in English

: hash1hash2hash3

hash3

(also hash sign)

noun

British
  • The symbol #, used as a symbol on a phone keypad or computer keyboard or before a numeral (as in question #2)

    • ‘Meanwhile, at least one of the companies being threatened, BigChampagne, claims that Altnet has no clue what they're talking about, since they don't use a hash to identify files.’
    • ‘Re-examining indexing methods based on these constraints yielded an interesting solution: B-trees and hashes are the two most commonly used indexing methods.’
    • ‘You can display hashes properly by preceding the hash with a \, which turns the hash into a hash reference, which is properly dereferenced.’
    • ‘The use of 1-way hashes to render patient records anonymous has been employed and promoted in France.’
    • ‘The company claims they own a patent on using a hash to identify files.’

Usage

The symbol #, called hash in British English, has different names, some of them potentially confusing. In the US, it is referred to as either the number sign (when used in contexts such as question #2) or the pound sign (when used as a symbol for pounds of weight: 2# of sugar). The technical name for it is the octothorp

Origin

1960s: probably from hatch, altered by association with hash.

Pronunciation

hash

/haSH/