Definition of bash in English:

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Pronunciation: /baSH/


[with object]
1Strike hard and violently: bash a mosquito with a newspaper
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  • I had forgot how much fun bashing the drums really hard is.
  • At the moment the keys on the piano are bashed rather hard.
  • Keep your eye on these hooks: sometimes even their incredibly sharp points can bend over when the current bashes them against hard rocks.
strike, hit, beat, thump, slap, smack, bang, knock, batter, pound, pummel
informal wallop, clout, belt, whack, thwack, clobber, bop, sock
archaic smite
1.1 (bash something in) Damage or break something by striking it violently: the car’s rear window had been bashed in
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  • Neighborhood vandals and our own children bashed our windows in with rocks.
  • There was a police car on the flower bed, and its head was bashed in with the word ‘Police’ dented.
  • Jimmy's bashing my head in with a two-by-four!
1.2 [no object] (bash into) Collide with: the other vehicle bashed into the back of them
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  • I asked, just as I though would happen, something came bashing into my head; knocking me over, chair and all.
  • But he chased after me and my clothes got torn, and we were barely out of his father's car when this truck came out of nowhere and bashed into it and knocked it over the hill.
  • The suspension gets a bit of a hammering and there's always a danger of a truck or something bashing into you.
crash into, run into, bang into, smash into, slam into, knock into, bump into;
collide with, hit, meet head-on
1.3Criticize severely: a remark bashing the Belgian brewing industry
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  • Critics also bashed the law for limiting access to information and privacy.
  • Critics who bash such films as Happy Times as being heavy-handed misinterpret the key differences between Eastern and Western cinema.
  • The critics who bash Harrington the most tend to overlook the problems Detroit has had with its passing game since his arrival.
criticize, censure, assail, attack, condemn, revile, denounce, rail against, cast aspersions on
informal pan, slam, hammer, lay into, tear to pieces, trash


1A heavy blow: a bash on the head
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  • Her head hit the pavement with a muffled bash, and she was knocked unconscious.
  • The oaf wouldn't know the difference between a crotchet, a quaver, and a bash in the chops with a bassoon.
  • His reward was a bash in the head with the butt of a gun.
blow, rap, hit, knock, bang, slap, crack, thump, tap
informal wallop, clout, belt, whack, bonk, thwack, bop, sock
2 [usually with modifier] A party or social event: a birthday bash
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  • New York Social Diary is your link to the parties, events, openings, launches, shindigs, bashes, and general social whirlwind that is the East Coast social scene.
  • The event was a birthday bash for KIK Corp. supremo and new Toronto Argonauts owner David Cynamon, who chartered the Air Canada jet.
  • My birthday party was a joint bash with a good friend from College, the English Civil War Historian.

Phrasal verbs

bash something out

informal Produce something rapidly without preparation or attention to detail.
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  • I used to bash them out on a manual typewriter, photocopy them and distribute.
  • No time wasted with string sections or French-horn charts here - once Roberts has the song in his head, he just wants to bash it out.
  • As far as melodies and lyrics are concerned, I think Andy was happy for me to bash things out and then give an opinion or advice on how things might progress, which was important.


Mid 17th century (as a verb): imitative, perhaps a blend of bang1 and smash, dash, etc. sense 2 of the noun is a 20th-century usage.

Words that rhyme with bash

abash, ash, Ashe, brash, cache, calash, cash, clash, crash, dash, encash, flash, gnash, hash, lash, mash, Nash, panache, pash, plash, rash, sash, slash, smash, soutache, splash, stash, thrash, trash

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Syllabification: bash

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