One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A utensil for mashing food.‘a potato masher’
- ‘Mash some of the beans with a potato masher to thicken the broth.’
- ‘Using a potato masher or draining spoon, squash the remaining tomatoes and the garlic into the pan juices.’
- ‘Meanwhile, drain the chickpeas, remove the thyme, and mash with a potato masher.’
- ‘Mash with a potato masher, or whatever else you like to mash things with.’
- ‘Mash a tin of tomatoes in a saucepan using a potato masher.’
- ‘With a potato masher, mash the tomatoes and bread together.’
- ‘Place pumpkin in food processor or use a potato masher to form a purée.’
- ‘With a potato masher, a blender, a food processor, or at the very least a fork, mix the soup to your liking - chunky or smooth.’
- ‘Use a potato masher to slightly squash the pieces of pumpkin.’
- ‘Press down mixture with a potato masher so that it is firm in the tray.’
- ‘Use a potato masher to crush the vegetables in the pan, or purée half the soup in a blender and return to the pan.’
- ‘Mash with a potato masher and then transfer to a bowl.’
- ‘For complete neophytes, you mash squash and potatoes with a potato masher.’
- ‘Then purée with a potato masher for a coarse finish or blitz until smooth in a food processor.’
- ‘With a potato masher, mash the potatoes until relatively fine in texture.’
- ‘One woman wrote in asking why the handle on the potato masher was vertical instead of horizontal.’
- ‘Add in the crème fraîche and mash with a potato masher or a fork, until it forms a chunky purée.’
- ‘Stir in the rest of the ingredients and use a potato masher to mash everything together, being careful not to scratch the pot's nonstick surface.’
- ‘Remove the pan from the heat and, using a potato masher, roughly mash the contents, keeping some of the texture.’
- ‘Drain, remove inner core and crush with a potato masher.’
1A dandy of late Victorian or Edwardian times.
fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rakeView synonyms
- ‘He was a high-tech dandy, financial impresario, and gentleman masher.’
- ‘The lyrics tell the story of two mashers ‘who seldom had any cash,’ but their evening bucked up when the two met two ladies whose ‘cheeks were in bloom, like the roses in June’.’
- ‘My dad and the old masher discussed the weather, then the news and finally politics.’
- 1.1North American A man who makes unwelcome sexual advances, often in public places and typically to women he does not know.
- ‘There too mashers, fake swells, or bohemians were to be found, whilst going up to London often provided the opportunity for provincial businessmen to indulge in activities more anonymously than they could achieve nearer home.’
- ‘Her young son helps her to fend off mashers by rushing into their arms and crying ‘Daddy!’’
- ‘Shame and hypocrisy are not ideal ways to deal with philanderers and small-time mashers.’
- ‘One day, I caught a masher who was chasing a girl.’
- ‘Similarly, working class mashers and swells went on perambulating ‘monkey walks’ in which they competed for female attention by showing off their newest fashion purchases.’
Late 19th century: probably a derivative of slang mash ‘attract sexually’, ‘infatuation’, perhaps from Romany masherava ‘allure’.
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