- 1A long, deep cut or wound: a bad gash in one leg became infectedMore example sentences
- The deep gashes to his legs, arms and neck were healing nicely and he seemed relaxed.
- Tommy, a former fitness instructor, suffered deep gashes to both legs in the drama.
- The pensioner was left with one broken leg and a deep gash on the other but instead of helping her the rider jumped back on to his moped and rode off.
- 1.1A cleft made as if by a slashing cut: the blast ripped a 25-foot gash in the hullMore example sentences
- In turn, that dent opened into a gash, as the jet gained altitude.
- He started into a running pattern almost under the vehicle but not quite, stabbing where and when he could, creating gashes under its hull.
- Without warning my foothold broke and I slid downward ripping a gash in the plastic that held the containers of water together.
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- Make a long, deep cut in: the jagged edges gashed their fingersMore example sentences
- The sword cut deep into its belly gashing it open.
- The bear roared out his pain as the jagged edges gashed his paw deeply.
- A washing machine he was putting into the skip slipped backwards, gashing his forehead, splitting his nose and leaving his fingers badly lacerated.
Middle English garse, from Old French garcer 'to chap, crack', perhaps based on Greek kharassein 'sharpen, scratch, engrave'. The current spelling is recorded from the mid 16th century.
noun[mass noun] British • informal
- Rubbish or waste: [as modifier]: the gash bucketMore example sentences
- The only manual input to the system is the rubbish hopper, where gash bags are fed into a chute to be shredded, and the galley waste macerator.
- Meal scraps were scraped into the gash bucket by each man after he finished his meal.
1920s (originally in nautical use): of unknown origin.