Synonyms of dash in English:


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1‘he dashed straight home to see his father’


rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, gallop, career, charge, shoot, hurtle, hare, bound, fly, speed, streak, zoom, plunge, dive, whisk, scurry, scuttle, scamper, scramble

informal tear, belt, pelt, scoot, zap, zip, whip, step on it, get a move on, hotfoot it, leg it, go hell for leather, steam, put on some speed, go like a bat out of hell, burn rubber

British informal bomb, go like the clappers, bucket, put one's foot down

Scottish informal wheech

North American informal boogie, hightail it, clip, barrel, get the lead out

informal, dated cut along

North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass

literary fleet

archaic post, hie, haste



2‘he picked up the glass case and dashed it to the ground’


hurl, smash, crash, slam, throw, toss, fling, pitch, cast, lob, launch, flip, catapult, shy, aim, direct, project, propel, send, bowl

informal chuck, heave, sling, buzz, whang, bung

North American informal peg

Australian informal hoy

NZ informal bish

3‘the wind and rain dashed against the thick stone walls’


be hurled, crash, smash

batter, strike, beat, pound, pummel, lash, slam into

4‘it was a 15-year-old newcomer who dashed her hopes for a third title’


shatter, destroy, wreck, ruin, crush, devastate, demolish, wreak havoc with, blast, blight, wipe out, overturn, torpedo, scotch, spoil, frustrate, thwart, baulk, check

burst someone's bubble

informal put the kibosh on, banjax, do for, blow a hole in, nix, put paid to, queer

British informal scupper, dish

archaic bring to naught




1‘they made a dash for the door’


rush, race, run, sprint, bolt, dart, leap, charge, plunge, dive, bound, break, scamper, scramble


2‘the soup needs a dash of salt’


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

informal smidgen, tad



3‘he led the raids with such skill and dash’


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

informal pizzazz, Pep, oomph, vim, zing, get-up-and-go


ineptitude, apathy


    dash something off

      ‘I dashed off a note to Dave’


      scribble, write hurriedly, write untidily, write illegibly, scratch, scrawl, doodle